Breastfeeding and the Athlete

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Breastfeeding and the Athlete

If you're an athlete, you can also provide your baby with the benefits of breastfeeding. With a doctor's guidance, most women can engage in sports or some other form of regular physical activity if they're breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding requires an additional 330 to 400 calories a day for milk production. With more physical activity, you need more; the actual amount depends on the duration and the intensity of your workout.

For athletes and nonathletes alike, the USDA Food Patterns offer guidance for planning a varied, balanced and moderate eating plan during breastfeeding.

Your fluid needs increase during breastfeeding, too. Without exercise, you need about 4 cups more, or at least 16 cups daily from food, beverages and drinking water. When you work out, drink even more.

Reviewed June 2013

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

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