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Post-Pregnancy Nutrition

Post-Pregnancy Nutrition
Most women are concerned with losing those extra pounds gained during pregnancy. The good news is that not only is breast-feeding the best food for your baby for the first four to six month but it also helps mom to lose fat gained during pregnancy. You can safely lose about 1 pound a week without interfering with your infant's growth.

• It helps shrink your uterus to its pre-pregnancy size. • It saves time and effort; no bottle, mixing or heating is needed. • Traveling and night feedings are easier. • It saves money. • It gives you special time to bond with your baby. • It is the healthest way to feed your baby, and can have lasting effects ont their immune system. For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding,


Calorie needs are increased during breastfeeding due to the extra energy required to produce milk. A woman should consume an extra 500 calories per day. What does 500 calories look like?

500 calories • 1 1/2 cup cereal • 1 cup skim milk • 1 piece toast with butter • 1/2 cup juice

500 calories • 1 glass skim milk • 1 oz potato chips • 1 medium apple

500 calories • 1/2 cup green beans • 1 slice bread with butter • 1 cup skim milk • 1/2 cup canned fruit
How Much to Drink Be sure to drink at least 8-12 cups per day.
Try filling up a pitcher of water with your day's amount of fluid and make sure it is empty before going to bed. If you drink juice, milk or other fluids you can take the same amount out of your pitcher
How Much to Drink
Be sure to drink at least 8-12 cups per day.


Try filling up a pitcher of water with your day's amount of fluid and make sure it is empty before going to bed. If you drink juice, milk or other fluids you can take the same amount out of your pitcher

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