How does reduced carbohydrate or energy intake affect lactation?

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First answer by Yulia Crowder. Last edit by Yulia Crowder.
While breastfeeding, a mother will have to consume an additional amount of around 800 kcal per day to make up for lactation requirements. Nutrition during lactation affects the quality and quantity of breast milk being produced. It is believed that malnutrition in very young children arises more from a lack of energy than protein in their diet. Reference: Dietary Fats and Health, by E G Perkins, W J Visek, Pg 280, 281

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