Nutrition for Mom and Baby

Here is some helpful nutrition information to keep mom and baby healthy after your little one arrives. We've also included some materials you can download, such as a table of foods for your baby's first year.


-Follow pregnancy diet if breastfeeding (no mercury foods like tuna, shark, and swordfish, no uncooked meat such as sushi, etc.).

-Continue taking prenatal vitamins if breastfeeding
-Drink extra fluids like water and juices
-Eat 500 extra calories/day
-Rest when the baby sleeps
-Eat to hunger/drink to thirst
-Limit caffeine and alcohol while breastfeeding

For nutritional counseling for pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or for help in losing your baby weight, contact our Registered Dietitian at (205) 408-6551.


AAP recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life.  Then gradually adding solid foods while continuing to breastfeed for the first year and beyond if mom wishes.  No water, juices, or formula is needed in the first 6 months if baby is gaining weight adequately.

Baby Food | Food Allergies| Table of Food Progression

When your baby is old enough, here is a recipe to make homemade baby food:

Fruity Chicken with Butternut Squash (makes 6 servings)

1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
5 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
or 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 small apple, peeled, cored, and chopped

Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion until softened. Add the chicken breast and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the butternut squash or sweet potato, pour in the stock, cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the apple and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the butternut squash is tender (about 10 minutes). Puree in a food processor to the desired consistency. This is also good made with sweet potato!
Source: Superfoods for Babies and Children by Annabel Karmel