Optimal nutrition for your baby begins pre-conceptually through pregnancy and continues through breastfeeding and transition to weaning.
You may have heard that all the nutrients in your breastmilk can be supplied through a balanced diet, and that any shortfalls, such as calcium, will be supplied from your body's stores (e.g. your bones). While partly true, there are several nutrients in your milk that can be affected by what you eat because your body does not store them.
An example is choline, shown to support optimal brain development and cognition and needed in higher amounts during the breastfeeding period. The amount and types of fat in your breastmilk is also influenced by dietary intake, and a higher fat milk can lead to a more satisfied baby, more time between feedings, and a more relaxed and happy mom and dad!
A thorough review of your diet and supplemental intake will support successful breastfeeding. And if you need to lose that baby weight, we will address that too. Please call me and we can discuss how Women and Family Nutrition can be helpful to you at this very special time.