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The FDA recommends an extra 300 caloies per day to maintain a healthy pregnancy. When breastfeeding, you will need an extra 500 calories per day to stay healthy and produce nutritious milk. Keep this in mind as you begin to change your diet to lose your pregnancy weight.

  • Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean meats and fish, and whole grains.
  • Know appropriate portion sizes.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Refer to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for additional tips on proper nutrition.

Avoid tobacco, alcohol and non-essential medications while breastfeeding.

Last Updated: 12/30/2013