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Slim Fast and Breastfeeding

Q: Is it ok to drink Slim Fast while I'm nursing my baby?

Dr. Donnica:
Some women say that breastfeeding a baby works even better for weight loss than Slim Fast!  While there's generally nothing wrong with drinking Slim Fast while nursing, you do want to avoid drinking Slim Fast in order to lose weight while nursing. 

Nursing mothers must eat approximately 500 additional calories daily in order to generate an adequate milk supply. Eating fewer calories can jeopardize your milk production.  I know that most new moms are very focused on getting back to their pre-pregnancy weight, but don't do this at the expense of giving your baby the good nutrition s/he needs.  While weight management is important, the way to go about it is by eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising (walking with the baby in the stroller is great!).  Another healthy tip:  Keep taking your prenatal vitamins while nursing and drink plenty of water.

Created: 11/23/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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