Deficiency in my diet

by mom of 8 month old

I have lost all of my pregnancy weight and am actually 10 pounds under my prepregnancy weight of 130.

Recently I have begun to experience some dizziness and a little bit of nausea and am wondering if this could be related to a deficiency in my diet. Any feedback or help would be appreciated.

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Jan 21, 2011
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Post partum weight loss
by: Tracy

Hi!

Congrats on losing your postpartum weight.

Do you know how many calories you are consuming? A great way to keep track is to use a free website like Fitday.com or Sparkpeople.com. On sparkpeople you can track what you are eating and join a group of moms who breastfeed. They will also take all your personal info ( measurements, weight etc.) and tell you exactly how many calories you should be consuming daily and also which vitamins and nutrients are lacking in your diet.

Dizziness and nausea are quite common during breastfeeding and are usually caused by dehydration...read more about nausea while breastfeeding.

If the dizziness and nausea get real bad, I would recommend you see your doc. It could maybe be an iron deficiency.

Hope this helps


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Dizziness
by: Anonymous

My baby is 7 months old and I have been having dizziness also. I haven't noticed a direct correlation to it being when I nurse, or afterwards, etc. However, it seem randomly throughout the day. I'm also wondering if it's from nursing. I also seem to be VERY thirst all the time - even more so than normal breastfeeding thirsty.

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Fluids and breastfeeding

by samantha
(arlington)

How much fluids do breastfeeding mothers need a day?

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Jan 21, 2011
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Drink to satisfy thirst.
by: Tracy

Hi Samantha

There is no exact amount that you need to drink, but generally it is recommended that any person drinks at least 8 glasses of water per day.

You can replace some of the water with vegetables, fruit, soup, juice, milk or tea.

I think it's best to listen to your body, drinking just to satisfy thirst is usually enough. Many moms are so busy that they don't realize they are thirsty. Try to keep a bottle of water near you during the day while working.

You are getting in enough fluids if your urine is clear. So what I usually do is, check every time I urinate, if my urine is not clear I drink a large glass of water. Do this and your body should be hydrated enough for sufficient milk production.

Hope this answered your question.

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food to eat while breastfeeding

by Pumeza
(johannesburg)

Hi there, I need to know what healty food should I eat while breastfeeding. If anyone know please help me by list of healthy food while breastfeeding. Thnk you.

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Aug 13, 2012
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Breastfeeding foods
by: Zelda Behr

You need an extra 500cal per day while breastfeeding.

There isn't really a set diet but here are a few good and bad foods to consider.

Do eat...

- Squash, green beans, avocado, chickpeas, artichokes, spinach
- Apples, plums, peaches
- Turkey
- Brown rice, lentils
- Sunflower seeds

Avoid...

- Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish, king mackerel (They have a high mercury content)
- Tuna (No more than one tuna steak or two 170g cans a week)
- Coffee (limit to two cups a day)
- Artificial sweeteners like saccharin
- Stay away from processed foods, they contain too many additives

Also remember to drink lots of water.

More on food and breastfeeding...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-diet.html

Happy breastfeeding.

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stomach cramp medication and breastfeeding

by Amy
(Australia)

I have severe stomach cramps, so bad that I can't sleep! Sometimes it's mild like hunger, but this occurs even when I've eaten. Is there anything I can take or watch out for as I currently breastfeed a 2month old.

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stomach hunger
by: vlomeli

Sounds to me like you have gastritis. That's exactly how I feel when it flares up. Try eating a bland diet n take omeprazole.also known as prilosec....

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list of foods to avoid

by Inna
(NJ)

Hi, thank you for the list of foods to avoid when breastfeeding. I was wondering what the original source for this list was? A book or study? Would like to read it. Thank you

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Chocolate and breast feeding

Wow, the symptoms of eating chocolate is interesting! I eat quite a lot of chocolate and my 6 month old is still very restless at night. Maybe that's why?!

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Eating meat and breastfeeding

Is it okay to eat chicken, pork chops, and steaks while breastfeeding?

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Question about caffiene while breastfeeding

I am 34 yrs old. My son is 2½ mos old.

I went back to work. And I started drinking caffeine again. And with this going back to work...I have been giving my son formula most of the time.

But I do try to breast-feed him when I can. But it seems I am low on milk supply. And I was wondering what caffeine does when breast-feeding...does it slow or stop my production or does it do something to the baby????

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Dairy and breastfeeding

by Deirdre
(Monroe, NC, USA)

Wow, I wish I was given that advice about staying away from dairy the first few weeks. I had twins born at 36 weeks and no one said any such thing. I was eating ice cream like there was no tomorrow and now one of my sons has a severe milk protein allergy. He is 3 mos old.

Why isn't this general advice? They sent me home with a book full of advice and never heard that one.

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Registered Dietitian, IBCLC

by Karen Donelson
(Salisbury, NC)

Good professional advice, I will be using this information to write a book for nurses and dietitians.

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