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How Many Calories Should I Consume While Breastfeeding?

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author image Ann Wolters
Ann Wolters has been a writer, consultant and writing coach since 2008. Her work has appeared in "The Saint Paul Almanac" and in magazines such as "Inventing Tomorrow" and "Frontiers." She earned a Master of Arts in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota.
How Many Calories Should I Consume While Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mom and baby. Photo Credit Kati Molin/iStock/Getty Images

Breastfeeding uses up extra calories, which means breastfeeding moms find it easier to lose the weight gained during pregnancy. You can safely eat whatever foods you like while breastfeeding, but you should maintain a well-balanced diet. Eat a variety of nutritious foods rather than depending on vitamin supplements.

Calories

How Many Calories Should I Consume While Breastfeeding?
Consume an additional 500 calories per day while breastfeeding. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

You should consume an additional 500 calories per day while breastfeeding, for a total of about 3,000 calories per day, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Nutrition

How Many Calories Should I Consume While Breastfeeding?
Be sure your calories come from nutrient-rich foods. Photo Credit Wojciech Cyganek/iStock/Getty Images

Calories should come from nutrient-rich foods, advises the National Institutes of Health. Eat three servings of dairy products, 6 ½ ounces of protein-rich foods, three to five servings of vegetables, two to four servings of fruit and 8 ounces of grains, with at least half whole-grain products.

Consideration

How Many Calories Should I Consume While Breastfeeding?
Adequate fluid intake is also important for breastfeeding women. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Adequate fluid intake is also important for breastfeeding mothers. You should drink about 2 quarts, or 8 cups, of water each day.

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