Do I need extra calcium while breastfeeding my baby?
you're diet is already calcium-rich,
you probably don't need calcium supplements,
said Dr. Steven Abrams. Studies have
shown that giving
supplemental calcium has had no affect
on their mineral balance, which is why
the calcium recommendations for nursing
and nonnursing women are exactly the
same: 1000 milligrams per day for those
19 years of age and older and 1300 milligrams
for those 18 and younger.
However, breastfeeding women who have
difficulty meeting their basic calcium
benefit from calcium supplements, such
as the 200 to
250 milligrams found in multivitamins
given to pregnant and nursing women.
There are also some groups of women
who might benefit from more calcium while
breastfeeding. These include
breastfeeding more than one infant, those
who have had closely spaced pregnancies
and nursing adolescents.
Although women do lose some bone mass
to support milk production, breastfeeding
is not detrimental to a woman's overall
bone health, says Abrams. That's because
once menstruation resumes, the situation
is readily reversed. Some studies also
suggest that breastfeeding might actually
decrease the risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis.