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If you are breastfeeding, do you need extra calcium?

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You need to continue calcium supplements while you're breastfeeding. Research shows you may lose 3% to 5% of your bone mass when you nurse because you lose some of your calcium through breast milk.If you are careful to eat foods with calcium and take supplements as advised, you should regain that bone mass within 6 months after you stop breastfeeding.

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Eat Right During Pregnancy"

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health"

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium"

Nemours Foundation: "Your Baby's Development"

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, National Resource Center: "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Eat Right During Pregnancy"

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health"

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy"

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium"

Nemours Foundation: "Your Baby's Development"

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, National Resource Center: "Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 25, 2018

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