How Much Breast Milk Does a Lactating Woman Make?

Discussion Each person needs to eat the right about of healthy foods to maintain a healthy body. This varies based on gender, age, activity, healthy problems, or health status. Healthy women who are moderately active and not pregnant or lactating need about 1800-2000 calories/day. Pregnant women are advised to keep the calories the same in the first trimester (about 1800 calories/day), increase ~200-300 (about 2200 calories/day)in the second trimester, and then increase ~300-400 in third trimester (about 2400 calories/day). The increase in calories should be met by a normally balanced and varied diet. When pregnant or breastfeeding women should eat a diet rich in protein, omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, calcium, iron and folic acid, along with all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Breastfeeding is recommended throughout at least the first year of life by the American Academy of Pediatrics and up to 24 months by the World Health Organization. Complimentary foods are not recommended until after 6 months of age if the infant is developmentally ready. Learning Point Healthy, well-nourished, lactating women are advised to increase their calories by 450-500/day. That is a lot of calories which is turned into ~70 gallons or ~250 liters of breast milk/year. Women who are under- or malnourished will have additional needs and should be advised by their health care providers. The table below shows the various calculations: 450 extra calories/day 500 extracalories/day Ca...
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