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Healthy eating and physical activity

Breastfeeding parents do not need to follow a special diet. Eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty. You may need more calories when breastfeeding. Use Canada’s Food Guide to track your food choices.

Caffeine can pass through breastmilk to your child. Limit caffeine to no more that 300mg per day. Caffeine can be found in many foods, drugs and beverages. Too much caffeine can cause changes in your child’s behavior. For example, your child could be wide-eyed, over-active, have difficulty sleeping, or may be more fussy than usual.

Physical activity is healthy after giving birth. Go slow and listen to your body so you don’t overdo it. Physical activity doesn't affect the amount or quality of breast milk you make and won't affect the growth of your baby.

Visit:

Canada’s Food Guide

Facts on Caffeine

Caring for Yourself After Baby

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