Breastfeeding Nutrition Guide -- Highlighting Important Nutrients

Lack of vitamin B12 can cause such symptoms in your baby as loss of appetite, slow motor development, being very tired and others. Your health care provider can suggest ways to ensure you're getting enough of this essential vitamin.

Losing Weight While Breastfeeding

If you're trying to lose weight and nurse, experts suggest that you keep your calorie count above 1800 a day. Eating less doesn't affect the quality of your milk but it can cause your supply to dwindle.

Most moms find that if they eat when they are hungry, but fill their plates with nutritional foods, they'll slowly drop the pregnancy pounds. Tara Gidus, MS, RD says that eating around 2200 calories a day supports your milk supply but can promote a small weight loss, depending on our calorie needs.

Some moms easily lose weight while nursing. Others say that every pound clings as if their body expects a famine next week! What's your experience with weight and breastfeeding?

How do you make sure you get what you need?

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