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Foods for Nursing Moms

If you are breast-feeding your baby, it is important to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet so your baby receives the nutrients he or she needs. In general, you should add about 500 calories per day to your diet.

“Breast-feeding moms need large amounts of calcium and protein,” says
Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Fish is a particularly good source of protein. McWilliams_GrantFatty fish such as salmon, herring and trout also contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that babies need for proper brain development.”

Other good choices include yogurt, cheese, avocados and eggs. Dark, leafy greens such as kale contain not only calcium, but also folic acid, vitamins A and C, iron and fiber – all of which your baby needs. “Be sure to drink lots of water, as well, so you do not become dehydrated,” says McWilliams.

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