How many calories do you need to eat when you are pregnant and breastfeeding? Is it 300 + 500 for a total of 800 additional calories? DS is nearing 4, so I'm thinking I don't need 500 calories to breastfeed, but I am hungry all the time.
Calories when pg & bfing
For most adults, it's 2,000 to 2,200 calories per day to maintain the same weight. For each fetus or nursling you need an additional 200-500 calories.
Pregnant & nursing: 2,400 - 3,200 calories per day.
pregnant with twins and nursing, or pregnant and nursing two babies- 2,600 - 3,700 calories per day.
A good square meal is about 500 calories, good snacks are about 300. A fast food burger & fries meal is about 1,000 calories.
I have never counted calories, but I have kept in mind, that I need extra food. I tried to eat as normally and as desired, but with at least one extra protein food and one extra fruit or veggie each day.
Eating to satisfaction is good advice if you maintain a very healthy balanced diet and your body is trained to recognize "almost full" as a stopping point. But that doesn't include many Americans...
I overeat by habit and inclinaction when nursing and pregnant and eat a lot of carbs. However, I've found the longer I've nursed and/or after multiple pregnancies I really need far, far few extra calories than I needed with my first. Basically, I've gotten into a habit of "eating more" because of pregnancy and nursing and it has just gotten worse. So, yes, calorie counting is a good approach if your diet isn't perfect or if you are not maintaining your weight.