Carrying a baby and giving birth is a momentous event in the life of an woman. The body needs to rest after such an ordeal to recuperate from the strain of it. Moreover as long as one breast feeds she needs to eat well. Eating well means you need lots of protein and iron in your diet. Breast feeding burns a lot of calories and if you are not eating well you may well rob your child off the necessary proteins, vitamins and minerals that it badly needs in this formative time.