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Papaya Juice During Breast-feeding

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Papaya Juice During Breast-feeding
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If you're breast-feeding and your friends suggest you drink papaya juice to stimulate your milk production, don't rush to the supermarket's juice aisle just yet. It's a myth that papaya juice has a connection to lactation. Although the fruit juice contains vitamin A, a vitamin that helps the growth of body tissue, its dose is so low that you'd have to drink an unreasonable amount of juice to get the vitamin benefits. Instead, look for other food sources of vitamin A.

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Given its benefits for breastfeeding mothers, the California Department of Public Health recommends that women include vitamin A-rich foods in their diets. Women who are lactating should get up to 1,300 micrograms of vitamin A per day. One cup of papaya nectar provides only 45 micrograms of vitamin A, while 1 cup of raw papaya pieces has 68 micrograms of the vitamin. In either case, this fruit falls well below your recommended dietary allowance of vitamin A. Instead, focus on foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach and carrots. A single baked potato, served in its skin, has 1,403 micrograms of vitamin A.

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