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Can I breastfeed if I am a vegetarian?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

Absolutely, breastfeeding is a very special experience and one which provides your baby with the best source of nutrition.  However, if you are vegetarian do ensure that your diet is well-balanced, varied and adequate in calories, protein and nutrients in the right amounts to meet both your needs for lactation.  Consider seeing a registered dietitian specializing in vegetarian nutrition to assess your individual needs and guide you through this process. 

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