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    Postpartum Nutrition

    After giving birth is a great time to re-evaluate your nutritional needs. A good diet is especially important to help keep you healthy and supply you with the energy needed to care for your new baby. Remember to drink plenty of fluids. Drink to satisfy your thirst, but be sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquid per day. The following charts are guides to food groups and serving sizes for postpartum mothers. For more information on individualized eating plans, go to www.choosemyplate.gov.

    The Breastfeeding Mother
    If you are breastfeeding, weight loss should occur slowly. You may safely lose about 3 to 4 pounds each month without reducing your milk supply. Eat 4 to 6 small meals per day.

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