Breast Feeding Diets:
What Moms should eat while breastfeeding a newborn infant or
After having your baby, you may want to try to get your
figure back as fast as possible, and breastfeeding is one way
to do that. Mothers who are nursing use up more calories—about
500 calories a day more—than mothers who aren't breast
feeding, and some new mothers are delighted to find that they
lose the post-baby weight more quickly and with less effort
than they had ever imagined.
But it's important to realize that you could be depriving
your child if you start a stringent diet while
breastfeeding. Diets like the Atkins diet or the South beach
diet recommend that women who are pregnant or nursing skip
the strict, no-carb phases of the diets and move right to
the maintenance phases—the ones that give you more
carbohydrates. Fad or one-item diets like the cabbage soup
diet aren't healthy for you under any circumstances, and
particularly when your body is dealing with the hormonal,
metabolic and caloric requirements of pregnancy or
The better your nutrition, the better you'll provide your infant with healthy milk, so
avoid highly prepared foods full of additives, food colors
and other weird, non-food substances.
If you're concerned
about your weight and want to get your pre-baby jeans back
on, skip the stringent dieting and turn instead to exercise.
With your body burning more calories to start with, you'll
get more bang for your metabolic buck by starting a schedule
of walking, strength training and stretching.
Now, unless you're one of the few people who need a high
calorie diet to maintain a normal weight, you don't need to
eat more food when nursing; just bear in mind that you're
burning up the equivalent of a pound every week simply by
breastfeeding your child. There might not ever be a better
time for eating extra chocolate!
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