Will I lose calcium?

You may have heard that a woman can lose calcium when she breastfeeds and increase chances of getting osteoporosis.

The truth is that during lactation the mother’s body takes calcium from her bones and uses it to make milk.  This will happen regardless of calcium intake.  Your body does all it can to increase calcium absorption from the food in your intestines and reduce the amount excreted by your kidneys. However this calcium loss is only temporary.  After weaning your baby your body will return more calcium to your bones than it removed during the time your were breastfeeding, giving you a greater bone density than you had before breastfeeding.  Studies have shown that the incidents of osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life is lower among woman who breastfed when compared to women who did not breastfeed.

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