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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Nutrition for Breastfeeding Q & A

Answers to some of the most common questions mothers have about nutrition while breastfeeding- written by my partner in crime Helen.

Nutrition for Breastfeeding Q & A

Written by Helen

Q. Does a Breastfeeding mother need to increase her calorie intake?

A. A breastfeeding mum should eat to satisfy her hunger and not necessarily increase or limit her calorie intake. It would be recommended that a mother eat a diet high in nutrient content and eat from all the food groups.

It has been shown that if the mother takes a good quality fish oil supplement while breastfeeding it can positively affect the fatty acid content of her breastmilk. This is important as fatty acids are necessary for brain development. (1)

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