How many extra calories do I need to nurse a 12 month old?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 in Family & Pregnancy



 I am nursing my 12 month old first thing in the morning, before she goes to bed at night and sometime in between. Occasionally she nurses in the middle of the night. How many extra calories do I need? I am 27 years old and I weigh 162.5 lbs. I want to weigh 139 lbs.  My calorie target said I need 1284 if sedentary and 1544 if I'm doing light activity. I would like to continue nursing until she is 18 months. How many should I add to keep my milk supply up?


Answer

The number of calories you burn by nursing depends on how much milk the baby takes.  Since a 12-month old baby eats food, let's figure that she drinks 15 ounces a day.  The cost to you of making that milk is 300-375 calories.  You don't need to eat extra food for that because your body can take those calories from your stored fat; however, your diet should be wholesome with adequate protein to provide the nutrients that you and your baby need.  I recommend a calorie target of 1500 per day for the duration of your nursing or until you reach your weight goal.


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