Eating and Breastfeeding | St. Luke's Hospital

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

855 A Avenue NE
Suite 300A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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What Should I Eat While Breastfeeding?

  • Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fiber.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – you should never feel thirsty. 
  • If you do not eat dairy products, you may need a calcium supplement. Talk to your doctor. 
  • Use caffeine in moderation (1-2 sources daily)
  • Avoid nicotine. If you must smoke, cut down and only smoke after you have nursed baby or pumped.
  • Do not use illicit street drugs while breastfeeding. 
  • Call the Lactation Service for questions about medications at (319) 369-8944.