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Q: I'm breastfeeding and I want to make sure that I'm eating enough to sustain both myself and my little one, but I don't want to overdo it because I'm also trying to lose the extra baby weight. Any tips?

Breastfeeding will actually help you shed some of those unwanted pounds. Milk production burns upwards of 200 to 500 extra calories a day--that's the equivalent of running more than three kilometres! It's very tempting to cut calories immediately after delivering, but that can negatively affect your milk stores. You need a minimum of 1,800 calories a day to produce enough milk to keep Junior sated--and the healthier those calories, the better. Eating well will also help your body heal. And continue to take a good-quality pregnancy supplement postpartum. I like FemMED Pregnancy, which is dairy-, egg-, gluten- and yeast-free and contains no artificial colours and flavours.

Tonya Rouse Hillenbrand is a certified fitness and nutrition expert, and a former national triathlete and duathlon team member. Click here to send her your questions.