-Follow pregnancy diet if breastfeeding (no mercury foods like tuna, shark, and swordfish, no uncooked meat such as sushi, etc.).
-Continue taking prenatal vitamins if breastfeeding
-Drink extra fluids like water and juices
-Eat 500 extra calories/day
-Rest when the baby sleeps
-Eat to hunger/drink to thirst
-Limit caffeine and alcohol while breastfeeding
For nutritional counseling for pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or for help in losing your baby weight, contact our Registered Dietitian at (205) 408-6551.
AAP recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life. Then gradually adding solid foods while continuing to breastfeed for the first year and beyond if mom wishes. No water, juices, or formula is needed in the first 6 months if baby is gaining weight adequately.
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When your baby is old enough, here is a recipe to make
homemade baby food:
Fruity Chicken with Butternut Squash (makes 6 servings)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
5 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
or 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 small apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion until softened. Add the chicken breast and
sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the butternut squash or sweet potato, pour in the stock,
cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the apple and cook until the
chicken is cooked through and the butternut squash is tender (about 10 minutes). Puree in
a food processor to the desired consistency. This is also good made with sweet potato!
Source: Superfoods for Babies and Children by Annabel Karmel