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How much protein should I eat while breastfeeding?
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Dr. Alan Greene
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 71 g
Half your pre-pregnancy body weight (0.
5 gm per pound per day) as long as you're pregnant or nursing. This number would be higher with twins or lots of exercise.The standard rda for protein is 71 gm per day when pregnant or nursing, which is 25 gm/day more than usual (and higher than it ever is for a man). But that number is a group number for average women. An egg has 6 gm; milk, 1 gm/oz.

In brief: 71 g
Half your pre-pregnancy body weight (0.
5 gm per pound per day) as long as you're pregnant or nursing. This number would be higher with twins or lots of exercise.The standard rda for protein is 71 gm per day when pregnant or nursing, which is 25 gm/day more than usual (and higher than it ever is for a man). But that number is a group number for average women. An egg has 6 gm; milk, 1 gm/oz.
Dr. Alan Greene
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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 60 g
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, we need 60 grams (gm) of protein a day.
This is 15-20 gm more than usual. This "extra" is the equivalent of one egg, 1/4 cup of cheese, or one glass of milk. It is also important to maintain a well balanced diet and to stay on your prenatal vitamins.

In brief: 60 g
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, we need 60 grams (gm) of protein a day.
This is 15-20 gm more than usual. This "extra" is the equivalent of one egg, 1/4 cup of cheese, or one glass of milk. It is also important to maintain a well balanced diet and to stay on your prenatal vitamins.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 80-100 g
About 80-100 grams of protein a day (1 oz of cow milk has 1 gram).
The recommended daily protein varies depending on one's height, body build, and activity. A taller person, large build person, or active athletic person needs more protein. The protein a mom eats is not put directly into her breastmilk, but instead is digested by the mom and then re-created as milk components in her breasts.

In brief: 80-100 g
About 80-100 grams of protein a day (1 oz of cow milk has 1 gram).
The recommended daily protein varies depending on one's height, body build, and activity. A taller person, large build person, or active athletic person needs more protein. The protein a mom eats is not put directly into her breastmilk, but instead is digested by the mom and then re-created as milk components in her breasts.
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