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[IP] Snack on Finger Foods While Nursing (was PG, IDDM, & Pumping)
- Subject: [IP] Snack on Finger Foods While Nursing (was PG, IDDM, & Pumping)
- From: Liz Davis <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 01 May 2000 19:41:23 -0700
Jeff's very helpful website had one piece of advice that is always given
and always baffles me. I think that it can only have been thought up by a
clueless man or childless woman. The advice is as follows:
"B. If nursing, continue on meal plan as if you were pregnant. Your body
needs 250-500 extra calories for milk production. That is like a daily
workout. Lows are common during nursing due to the calorie demands and
hormonal shifts. Snack on finger foods while nursing and remember to push
You just TRY to support a breast in one hand, an infant in the other, and
snack on finger foods at the same time. It may be possible but I've nursed
two infants and have never been able to do it.
Snack before you nurse.
I did experience a lot of lows while nursing, usually because the baby
started on a growth spurt and used up a lot more of my calories without
giving me advanced warning. I mentioned this to my pediatrician and he
said, "Yeah, it's kind of like your body going out and playing basketball
without telling you, isn't it?" Thought that was a pretty fair assessment.
One additional tip: push fluids while pregnant also. I refer to those
prenatal vitamins as constipation pills because of their high iron
content. Pushing fluids keeps everything moving along and helps to prevent
hemorrhoids. Walking also helps a lot.
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