How will I get enough calcium if I am not eating dairy?

When you are not eating dairy, it is important that you and your baby get enough calcium from other sources. The good news is that studies have shown that breastfed babies get plenty of calcium, even if mom is not eating dairy products. The bad news is, the calcium comes from your bones! All lactating women lose calcium from their bones, but studies have shown that the bone strength that is lost will come back after weaning.

It is strongly recommended that mothers eliminating dairy take 1,000mg of calcium a day in supplements. 500mg of calcium twice a day works best. 1,000-2,000 units of vitamin D3 daily will help with calcium absorption.