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Breast-Feeding Support

Also indexed as:Nursing Mothers, Breast Milk Production
Breast-feeding can be beneficial for both baby and mother. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Aim for total nutritionBreast-feeding women should eat a well-balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fish while limiting refined sugars, white flour, and processed foods.
Choose calcium-rich foodsCalcium and calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and tofu, are especially important during breast-feeding.
Donít forget EFAsEating foods that contain essential fatty acids, such as canola oil, corn oil, safflower oil, nut and seed oils, and fish, will ensure higher quantities of EFAs in the breast milk.
Drink fluidsDrinking enough fluids to quench thirst is enough to support a healthy milk supply.
Ensure adequate caloriesBreast-feeding women need even more calories than pregnant women: most need about 2,800 calories per day to meet the energy needs of breast-feeding.

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