Do I still need extra protein during breastfeeding?

Women who are nursing need 25 grams of extra protein as well as an additional 400-500 calories per day. Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day, you only needed about 300 extra when pregnant.  You should definitely incorporate more calories and protein into your diet while you are breastfeeding. The recommended daily amount of protein for nursing women is about 75 grams per day, depending on your ideal weight.  Use the Mommi protein calculator to determine how much protein you need.

Why is protein important for breastfeeding?

Protein is an important component of breast milk.  Getting extra protein and calories can help maximize your milk supply and enhance the baby’s growth and development. You can calculate exactly how much protein you should be consuming while breastfeeding is to multiply 0.53 grams of protein per pound of body weight, depending on your physical activity.

How much protein do I need during breastfeeding?

A nursing mom weighing 140 pounds would therefore need around 76 grams of protein per day. Protein can be found in food products such as lean meats, eggs, soy products, dairy, and nuts and seeds. Some nutritionists encourage breastfeeding women to get their extra protein in through lowfat dairy products because calcium and Vitamin D are important for the bone health of both mom and baby.

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