Healthy breastfeeding diet

colourful selection of fruit and vegetables

The most important thing is to include a wide variety of fresh, healthy foods in your breastfeeding diet.

If you think something you're eating is affecting your baby through your breast milk, talk to your GP or health visitor, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.

Vitamins for mum and baby

Vitamin D is found in certain foods (including oily fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel; red meat; and some breakfast cereals) but it's hard to get enough from food alone.

woman taking a vitamin with glass of water

If you're breastfeeding, you should consider taking a vitamin D supplement (containing 10mcg).

If your baby is only having breast milk (no first infant formula top-ups), you should give them a daily vitamin D supplement of 8.5 to 10mcg.

It's worth checking if you're entitled to Healthy Start food and vitamin vouchers. If you're not, ask your GP or health visitor where to buy them.

Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend, a digital tool from Start for Life, has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you – and because it's a digital tool, you can access it 24 / 7.

For confidential breastfeeding information and support, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. Lines are open 9:30am to 9:30pm every day.

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