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Nutrition and Your Health

Nutrition and Your Health - Pay & Benefits, Benefit Programs, Resources For Lactating Women


Nutrition During Breastfeeding and/or Pumping

Eating a balance diet is essential to give your body what it needs and help to make high quality milk for your baby. If you are breastfeeding or pumping, your body needs more vitamins, minerals, protein and calories to make quality milk for your baby. You may see a gradual weight loss. Calorie restriction is not advised, especially during the first 2 months post-partum when your milk supply is being established. Here some things you can do to make sure you are taking care of your health and your baby’s health:

Postpartum Weight Loss

Once your milk supply is established and you are greater than 2 months postpartum, further nutrition modifications can support gradual weight loss:

Do you have concerns about your baby’s tolerance to breast milk? Do you have questions about your healthy eating plan following the birth of your baby? Your insurance provider may approve a visit with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Check with your insurance provider and then call (608) 890-5500 to schedule a visit with a UW Health Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Content source: Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Nutrition Care Manuel