Should I reduce my calories as my baby starts to eat food?
Asked by mistressinwait on Mar 06, 2009
in Family & Pregnancy
Since I started my 6 month old on cereal, I've noticed I'm not consuming the amount of calories I normally consume. I had been eating high calorie foods at the end of the day to meet my goal. So, if I'm producing less breastmilk, but still breastfeeding, should I reduce my calories?
Once your baby is not exclusively breastfed, your calorie requirements will be proportionally less. The number of calories a woman needs while breastfeeding depends upon her stored fat and how active she is. While breastfeeding women are always advised to add 500 calories to their non-pregnancy needs, but research now shows that 500 calories could be too much for some women and not enough for others. Thin women without appreciable fat reserves will have to eat more than women who can rely on the stored calories. Let your hunger be your guide, and choose a balanced diet of highly nutritious foods.