Balanced Diet During Breastfeeding
- During established breastfeeding your vitamin and mineral needs are up to double your usual requirements and your energy needs are more than during pregnancy.
- The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provides advice on the number of serves of foods from each of five healthy food groups that should be consumed by fully breastfeeding women to meet nutrient and energy needs.
- Recommended intakes of all food groups except dairy foods are increased during breastfeeding, with most emphasis on increasing fruit, vegetable and protein foods.
Recommended serves of food groups for women during exclusive breastfeeding
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Adapted from: Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults and for Children and Adolescents in Australia (2003)
- Your food requirements will begin to decrease once you start weaning your baby.
- Keep a diary of what you usually eat and check this against the recommended serves. Refer to the diary section in the King Edward Memorial Hospital BLOOM Pack 1 (external)
- Be prepared to feel hungrier and more tired than usual because breastfeeding uses up more energy than pregnancy and you are caring for a baby day and night.
Learn more about other diet issues whilst breastfeeding:
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