Nutrition During Lactation

Mother with Baby

Find general information on nutrition during lactation below. Please also see these pages for specific lactation resources:

Vegetarian Diets During Lactation (PDF | 373 KB)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group.

Provides information on a well-balanced vegetarian diet that supports the nutritional needs of mother and baby during lactation.

Postpartum Counseling: Diet, Nutrition, and Exercise

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

Find a guide for counseling women in the postpartum period. Also available in PDF (445 KB).

MyPlate: Nutritional Needs while Breastfeeding

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Provides resources for educating women about their nutritional needs while breastfeeding. Includes Daily Food Plans for Moms, personalized based on breastfeeding status.


USDA. NAL. WIC Works Resource System.

Provides links to resources on breastfeeding such as nutrition assessment, food packages, program outreach, and nutrition education.

Maternal Nutrition

La Leche League International.

Provides resources for understanding maternal dietary recommendations while breastfeeding.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Educates and supports mothers while promoting breastfeeding as an established social norm.