Nutritional Requirements

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 15: Nutrition for the Lactating Mothers

Nutritional Requirements

Lactating mother’s nutritional requirements should meet

  1. Her own daily needs
  2. Provide enough nutrients for the growing infant
  3. Furnish energy for the mechanics of milk production

Diet of lactating mother and her nutritional status during pregnancy affect both the quality and quantity of breast milk (to certain extent only). Nutritional needs are more during lactation compared to pregnancy. By the 6th month, a normally developing infant doubles it’s birth weight.
Sometimes infants fail to thrive while breast fed due to maternal and infant causes.

  1. Water
  2. Energy
  3. Proteins
  4. Lipids
  5. Vitamins and Minerals
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