Breastfeeding during pregnancy

Breast-feeding nutrition can be confusing. How much should you eat? What should you avoid? How might your diet affect your baby? Follow these important nutrition tips.

Do I need extra calories while breast-feeding?

Yes, you might need to eat a little more — about an additional 330 to 400 calories a day — to keep up your energy.

What foods should I eat while breast-feeding?

Focus on making healthy choices to help fuel your milk production. Opt for protein-rich foods, such as lean meat, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils and seafood low in mercury.

How much fluid do I need while breast-feeding?

Drink frequently, preferably before you feel thirsty, Have a glass of water nearby when you breast-feed your baby.

What foods and drinks should I limit or avoid while breast-feeding?

Certain foods and drinks deserve caution while you’re breast-feeding. For example: