Do I need to eat more while I am breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding can make you very hungry! You will need to eat a little more than you normally would.

Your body is very good at making milk, but if you don't eat enough you may feel tired and faint.

Try to eat three main meals a day at regular times. If you can't, eat plenty of snacks throughout the day. Healthy snacks will help to keep up your energy levels. You don't have to wait for a big meal. Good snacks to try are dried fruit, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables and seeds.

Breastfeeding can make you feel thirsty, too. Have a drink before you feed your baby. Plain water is good, or juice diluted with clean water. You don't have to drink milk to make milk, but you do need to drink plenty of fluids. Don't drink too much coffee or fizzy drinks. Just one or two glasses of these a day is enough.

If you don't feel like eating, it could be a sign that you need extra support. If it is a struggle to eat, and you are forcing yourself, talk to clinic staff. They may be able to give you some treatment to help.

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