Nutrition while nursing is just as critical as nutrition during pregnancy. Breast milk is the healthiest option for women and their infants, as it contains antibodies that protect infants against disease1, and it encourages better post-delivery healing2. As women’s food intakes during lactation need to meet their own needs in recovering from childbirth, as well as their infants’ needs, dietary needs increase for many macro- and micronutrients.3 During nursing, moms should consume a nutrient-rich diet, featuring healthy foods and beverages, to ensure a healthy recovery and optimal growth and development of their baby. Remaining on a prenatal supplement through lactation can help to meet nutrient needs if getting enough through diet is difficult.
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1. Hennet, T. and L. Borsig (2016). “Breastfed at Tiffany’s.” Trends in Biochemical Sciences 41(6): 508-518.
2. Negishi, H., et al. (1999). “Changes in uterine size after vaginal delivery and cesarean section determined by vaginal sonography in the puerperium.” Arch Gynecol Obstet 263(1): 13-16
3. Hall Moran, V., et al., Nutritional requirements during lactation. Towards European alignment of reference values: the EURRECA network. Matern Child Nutr, 2010. 6 Suppl 2: p. 39-54.