Postpartum Diet Overview


Dr. McGuire

After your baby is born, eating right will help you to be healthy and ready for the challenges of being a new mom. Your body will go through some pretty dramatic changes. You’ll need plenty of nutrients to help you heal and provide you with energy.

If you decide to breastfeed, don’t plan to diet while you’re nursing your baby. Producing breast milk will use extra calories, nutrients, and minerals. You’ll need at least 1800 calories per day while breastfeeding, and at least 1200 mg of calcium. These numbers may vary based on your weight, so be sure to check with your healthcare team about what’s right for you. You should eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of fluids, and take a prenatal vitamin each day while you’re breastfeeding.

You don’t need to avoid any particular foods, unless you have a family history of a food allergy. If your baby is fussy, it’s not necessarily caused by your breast milk. Babies can be sensitive to anything that you’ve eaten, but don’t start eliminating foods from your diet. The most common food sensitivity is to cow’s milk. You may want to reduce or eliminate milk from your diet and see how your baby reacts. Usually he’ll improve within a few days.