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Can I safely use any liquid diet products while I'm breastfeeding?

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I am breastfeeding my 3-month-old. Can I use any liquid diet products that are safe for the baby?

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At 3 months of age, your baby is probably placing the greatest demand on your body for nutrition. You will need to eat at least 2,000 calories just to maintain your own body plus produce an adequate milk supply. This is not the time to go on a crash diet. A breastfeeding woman's body will maintain some of the weight gained during pregnancy for a few months. These extra fat stores help ensure an adequate milk supply during breastfeeding. Although some women may be tempted to drop the weight gained during pregnancy at this early point, excessive dieting poses some risks to the mother and infant. A rapid weight loss can reduce the milk supply and a diet low in calcium and other minerals and vitamins can hurt the quality of the breast milk. If you feel you can't wait to lose the weight until after your baby is weaned, check with your doctor and your baby's doctor about a safe weight-reduction plan. The diet should include balanced, varied foods rich in calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, and folate (not diet drinks) and a safe exercise program.  
 
 
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