It's no secret that pregnant women need their calcium. Studies show that mamas-to-be who get 2,000 mg of calcium daily...
It's no secret that pregnant women need their calcium. Studies show that mamas-to-be who get 2,000 mg of calcium daily have significantly higher bone density than mamas who don’t get that calcium. Did you know that you need a healthy dose of calcium after your baby arrives as well? Studies have shown that mamas bones do lose some bone mass during breastfeeding and that upping your calcium intake won't help that. Usually after you stop breastfeeding, your bone mass returns to normal. However, you still need about 1,000 - 1,300 mg of calcium a day. If you get inadequate calcium, you'll still make plenty of milk to feed your baby, but the calcium content in the breast milk is drawn not from your good nutrition but from your own bone mass. Once you stop breastfeeding, you'll want to be getting adequate calcium so that your normal bone mass can return. Also note that while bone mass studies (like the one noted above) may make you think that breastfeeding is bad for your bones, it's not. While you do lose bone mass when breastfeeding, many studies show that breastfeeding likely decreases the risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Also see how to get enough calcium when you’re lactose intolerant.

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