Do You Need to Drink Milk to Make Breast Milk?
“I am breastfeeding. Do I need to drink milk?”
No, you do not need to drink milk in order to produce breast milk.
Cow’s milk is a great source of calcium but many other foods contain calcium as well. If your diet is low in calcium, you will continue to produce nutritious breast milk by using calcium from your body’s stores.
If you are not a milk drinker, try to include these calcium rich food sources:
- Yogurt, hard cheeses and ice cream
- Dark green, leafy vegetables, such as broccoli or bok choy
- Canned sardines or salmon with bones
- Calcium fortified orange juice
- Calcium fortified rice milk
- Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
Store-bought cow’s milk has Vitamin D added. If you are not a milk drinker, consult with your healthcare provider to see if you should be taking a Vitamin D supplement.
About the authors:
Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.
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