Re: How much protein do I need to consume while breastfeeding?
It is essential to maintain a well-balanced diet containing foods from all food groups to ensure proper nutrition. Protein specifically is an important nutrient due to its role in the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells in the body. Protein can't be stored in the body, so it’s important to have a daily intake of various protein sources. Although many women know to increase their intake of protein, it is equally important to have adequate amounts while you're breastfeeding. There are estimates to suggest that approximately 65 grams of protein a day are required, but I've seen that number go as high as 80 to 100 grams per day. Primary sources of protein are found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, and smaller amounts are contained in pasta and breads. Fortunately, protein can be found in a wide variety of foods making it easy to adapt to many different cultures and tastes.