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Breast-Feeding - Your Health and Nutrition

A healthy lifestyle-including having a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest, and being active-is important while you breast-feed. It can help you have more energy and reduce stress. It can also help you build a healthy milk supply.

It's also important to know what to avoid. Anything you put in your body can be passed to your baby in breast milk.

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Have a healthy diet

Some moms notice that certain foods make their babies more fussy. You may want to keep track of what you eat and how your baby acts.

If you have special dietary needs, talk to a dietitian. He or she can help you plan healthy meals.

Balance activity and sleep

  • Try to sleep and restTry to sleep and rest as well as you can. You likely will not have a normal schedule when you first start to breast-feed. But you can take naps and find time to rest for short periods throughout the day, such as when your baby sleeps.
  • Be activeBe active. Exercise helps with weight loss, improves your energy level, and can help relieve stress.

Use medicine wisely

Know what to avoid

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