Lactating women
Dietitian Nutritionist in India Article Page.

The nutritional link between the mother and the child continues even after birth. The newborn baby depends for some period solely on breast milk for his existence.

Lactating mother’s nutritional requirements should meet (1) her only daily requirements (2) provide enough nutrients for the growing infants and (3) furnish the energy for the mechanics of milk production. Diet of lactating mother and her nutritional status during pregnancy affect to a certain extent quality and quantity of breast milk.

Nutritional needs exceed during lactation compared to pregnancy. In six months a normally developing infants double the birth weight accumulated in 9 months of pregnancy.

The recommended energy increases is kcal for first six months and 400 kcal during the next 6 months, more than the usual adult allowance. The adult calories are required for the following: Milk content and Milk production.