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As soon as you hold your baby for the first time, you know that you want to give him or her the best of everything. As a mother, you’re also anxious to ensure that your baby is growing and developing optimally. To grow well your baby needs the right nutrition and loving care. The first step to this is breastfeeding. With World Breastfeeding Week being observed this week (1-7 August), now is a good time to recap why breast is best.
Mothers can get hungry easily while breastfeeding. This is because breastfeeding uses up extra calories--up to 500 a day. Aim for regular meals and two to three light snacks a day as part of your lactation diet. This sample chart will give you an idea of what a day's eating should look like.