It is essential to maintain a well-balanced diet containing foods from all food groups to ensure proper nutrition. Protein specifically is an important nutrientdue to its role in the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells in the body. Proteincan't be stored in the body, so it’s important to have a daily intake of variousprotein sources. Although many women know to increase their intake of protein,it is equally important to have adequate amounts while you're breastfeeding.There are estimates to suggest that approximately 65 grams of protein a dayare required, but I've seen that number go as high as 80 to 100 grams per day.Primary sources of protein are found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes,and smaller amounts are contained in pasta and breads. Fortunately, proteincan be found in a wide variety of foods making it easy to adapt to many differentcultures and tastes.