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How much protein do I need to stay healthy after childbirth?

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Aim for five servings each day, or seven if you’re breastfeeding. Foods like beans, seafood, lean meats, eggs, and soy products are rich in protein, which help your body recover from childbirth.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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