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09 Aug 2007

Breastfeeding and nutritional needs?
I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second baby, and intends on breastfeeding again. Unfortunately with my first pregnancy I encountered an allergic reaction and could not breastfeed past 5 months, most probably due to malnutrition and lack of enough protein ( or so the 2 specialists / dermatologists suggested)

I did loose about 10kg of weight in 3 weeks, and I was totally overrun and did not feel hungry - I had massive hairloss for the next 12 months due to malnutrition.

This makes me wonder what a good supplement or diet would look like for a breastfeeding Mom, and how I can savely up my protein intake?

Please advise....
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Marabi
Congratulations on your second pregnancy. It is firstly important that you take all the supplements the dr who is monitoring your pregnancy prescribes - for example iron and folic acid as this will prevent you becoming deficient before the baby is born. Discuss this with the gynae or dr to make sure that you do not have iron deficiency anaemia even before the baby is born. When the new baby is born you need to eat a balanced diet which should contain plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and eggs plus 4 cups of milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese a day, whole, unsifted grains and cereals, legumes (cooked or canned dry beans, peas or lentils or soya) to provide all the nutrients you and baby need. Make sure that you have the milk and dairy products to provide protein and calcium, and the meat, fish and eggs to ensure your protein and iron intake. You can also take a complete vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum or Supradyn Forte every day, plus Salmon oil capsules for omega-3 (essential for bab to develop a healthy nervous system and good eyesight) and a calcium supplement like Calcium Sandoz or Caltrate at least every second day. Also click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Eating throughout life' and read all the articles on 'Pregnancy' and 'Breastfeeding'.
Wishing you the best for the birth and your breastfeeding
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