Penn Ob/Gyn Care

Taking Care of Yourself while Breastfeeding

You will be busy caring for your new baby, therefore it is as important as ever for you to stay healthy and well nourished.

Dietary Requirements

As a nursing mother, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet for good health.

Fluid Intake

As a nursing mother, you will need adequate fluid intake to stay healthy and hydrated. Most experts recommend drinking enough fluids to satisfy thirst. Eight, 8-ounce servings (64 ounces) of fluid such as water, milk, juice or soup is a good goal.

Medications, Alcohol and Caffeine

It is important to remember that a percentage of the substances you consume are passed on to your baby through your breast milk. Contact your obstetrical provider or lactation consultant if you have any questions or concerns about how food, beverage or medication consumption may affect your baby.

Postpartum Depression

Having a baby can be both elating and exhausting. Add the physical demands of breastfeeding to the emotional and behavioral changes your body is experiencing, and it can all become overwhelming.

Call your health care provider if you have any concerns about your emotional or physical well-being.