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TOMA LECHE for Healthy, Strong Mom & Baby
Date:11/17/2009

eness campaign with nacersano.org, Latinas can hopefully make better food choices and take in more milk calcium to have strong and healthy babies."

On www.tomaleche.com/noticias, TOMA LECHE and nacersano.org have outlined tips to make sure that expecting and nursing moms maintain strong bones and healthy weight:

  • Don't Rely Solely on Supplements for Calcium - Supplements often contain less than one-third of the recommended daily amount of calcium so milk is still the number one source. Avoid calcium supplements that contain bone meal or dolomite. These products may also contain lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances.
  • Weight Control - For expecting moms, gain a healthy weight during pregnancy. Talk with a doctor before and during pregnancy to decide on how many pounds of weight gain is healthy.
  • Fruits & Vegetables - Eat well-balanced meals that include protein-rich foods, fresh fruits, whole grains and dairy. Avoid foods with too much sugar and fat to help maintain healthy weight.
  • Vitamins D - Vitamin D helps the body absorb and use calcium. The body naturally produces vitamin D from sunlight, which is another good reason to go out for a walk! Food sources of vitamin D include milk fortified with vitamin D, egg yolks and dark-meat fish such as salmon.
  • Exercise Regularly - Weight-bearing exercise, which can be as simple as walking, can help build strong bones. Talk to a health care provider about exercise options that are safe, especially when a mother is expecting.

For more information on the March of Dimes and to find Spanish-language information about the organization, visit www.nacersano.org. To learn about TOMA LECHE and the health benefits of milk, visit '/>"/>

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