Before you were pregnant, you probably hadn’t heard that your legs would get hairier or your nipples would darken as your baby grew inside of you, but you learned these and other quirky details while venturing through the trimesters.
Now you might be wondering what nursing-related secrets lie ahead. After all, you can learn the fundamentals in a Breastfeeding 101 course, but you simply can’t comprehend everything you’ll experience until you’re actually nourishing your newborn. Here are 10 things you may not have known about breastfeeding from our friends at Fitpregnancy.
You can Eat For Two
Don’t feel guilty for taking an extra helping at dinnertime; you need an additional 500 calories per day to help produce breast milk. For your baby’s sake, make those calories count.
“Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as foods containing calcium,” Beck says. Breast milk is rich in calcium, and if your diet is lacking in this important nutrient, your body will use your own calcium stores, which could leave you deficient.
“If you’re not a milk drinker, get calcium in other foods, such as cheese, yogurt, spinach and other dark leafy greens as well as fortified cereal and orange juice,” she says.
Here are a few nutrient rich, nursing-friendly recipes to make sure you and your baby are getting exactly what you need.
Read all 10 here.