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What should I be eating and drinking?

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To have enough energy you need to eat well, drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest.

Try to eat at least 3 regular meals a day with plenty of nutritious snacks in between. What you eat and how much you eat is more important for your health than it is for milk supply. Your body will continue to make good milk for your baby even if what you eat is less than ideal, however you may end up feeling very tired and run-down. Follow the healthy eating guidelines in ‘Healthy Eating for Pregnancy’.

Drink at least 2 litres or 8 glasses of fluid a day. If your lips feel dry or you’re feeling thirsty then you are not taking enough fluid. If you’re on or have a had a drip during labour – drink to thirst in the first few days.

Water is the best drink, as it will quench your thirst and has no extra calories. Limit caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee) to two to three cups of tea or one cup of coffee a day. Avoid fizzy drinks. Some mothers find drinking large amounts of citrus juice (orange or other fruit juice) causes fussiness in babies. Drinking cow’s milk will not boost your milk supply.

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