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Post-Pregnancy Nutrition Transition

Adjusting Your Nutrition After the Baby
-- By BabyFit

The baby's here! In addition to the dozens of changes you're making, it's also time to move on from your pregnancy nutrition program. It's pretty simple to customize your plan so that you continue to consume the calories and nutrients you need to stay energetic and healthy. A full transition can happen in three easy stages:


From the Start page on BabyFit, click on Account/Email Preferences in the left-hand column. Scroll down and click Edit My Program Preference, then select one of three options under the Post-Pregnancy plan: Bottle Feeding/Solid Food Feeding, Breastfeeding or Partial Breastfeeding. Click Save & Submit. You're done! The chart below illustrates, as an example, how a woman's calorie range changes throughout the phases of pregnancy and postpartum.

Phase Calories
Pre-Pregnancy 1,800- 2,100
Pregnancy 2,100- 2,400
Formula Feeding 1,800-2,100
Nursing (1-2 months) 2,200-2,500
Nursing (5-6 months) 2,300-2,600
After Weaning 1,800-2,100

*Please consult with your physician or midwife for a recommended post-pregnancy calorie range. These are only general guidelines; each woman’s calorie needs are going to be slightly different and will increase in relation to exercise. 


Your body's nutrient needs will change along with your calories. Our programs automatically track your post-pregnancy nutrient requirements. You don't have to track all of your nutrients all the time, so if you would like to change, add or omit nutrients, here's how:

From the Start page, click on the Nutrition Tracker. Next to the title "My Nutrition" is a pink button that says Change My Nutrition Goals. Click that button, then either remove nutrients by clicking on the pink "Remove" button or add or adjust nutrients by clicking the purple button "Add Another Nutrient to Track." There are 75 nutrients, vitamins and minerals you can track. (From the main page of the Nutrition Tracker, scroll down to see the nutrients you have selected to track.)
NUTRIENT Formula Feeding Nursing
Calcium 1,000 milligrams 1,200 milligrams
Folate 400 micrograms 500 micrograms
Iron 18 milligrams 27 milligrams
Protein 50 grams 70 grams
Zinc 8 milligrams 25 milligrams
(gradually increase if consuming less than recommended)
25 grams 28 grams


After delivery, you may be concerned about losing any excess pregnancy weight you may have gained. But during the period immediately following birth, you should focus on recovery and providing your body with enough nutrients and calories to care for your new child--not dieting.

After about 6 to 8 weeks postpartum, talk to your doctor to make sure that any weight you do lose happens in a safe, healthy way.

Weight Loss Guidelines (after 6-8 weeks)

Formula Feeding: Losing one pound per week is fine. Moms can eat slightly less than their pre-pregnancy calorie needs to lose weight healthfully. Don't drastically cut calories: Adequate calories and nutrients are required for proper recovery and energy.

Nursing: Losing 1/2 pound per week is OK--as long as you're eating healthy and not restricting calories so much that your milk supply decreases. Weight loss should result from exercise and nursing--not dieting. Be sure to follow the calorie guidelines above. Remember, your body needs plenty of calories for recovery, energy, building strength, and milk production.

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Member Comments About this Article
"Please see this linked article for information: Your Nutrition Plan for Extended Breastfeeding" -- TONKA_14
"What about extended breastfeeding? I'm still nursing my 23 month old, 3 or 4 times a day, how many calories should I intake for weight loss?" -- ARLENEROSANA
"I notice different calorie ranges are given for moms nursing babies at different ages. Does the breastfeeding program automatically adjust calories to account for this? I have been following the program for a couple of months, and my weight loss has leveled off recently, so I am wondering whether the calorie range it's giving me is still accurate." -- ILVIOLIN
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