Will you eat more when you are breastfeeding, yes! How much more though depends on a few things:
- Activity Level – the more active you are the more calories you will burn
- Body type – lean body types tend to have higher metabolisms than other body types
- Needs of your baby – how often your baby eats and how much the baby consumes will also affect how much you need to eat
- Your nourishment during pregnancy – if you were under nourished or over nourished during pregnancy you will want to consider how that affects your food intake now.
As a general rule expect to consume about 20% more calories than you would if you were not breast feeding. For most mothers that comes to about an extra 500 calories a day. Be sure that you are focusing on the nutritional quality of the food rather than just counting calories. Choosing foods from the 12 fabulous foods list (or 12 more foods list) will do you much better in the long run.
Also be sure to increase your fluids intake. Figure on drinking an extra 8 ounce glass of water a day to make up for the water that goes into breast milk. While short changing yourself on water wont dramatically affect how much breast milk is made, you might notice other less pleasant side effects such as constipation, fatigue, and impaired concentration.
An easy way to tell if you are likely getting enough fluid is if your urine is colorless to pale yellow. Darker shades are your kidney’s way of telling you to drink more.
One last tip – if you feel thirsty, chances are you should drink more!
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12 More Foods To Add To Your Breastfeeding Meal Plan
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Six Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding
Diet Restrictions While Breastfeeding