So, you have a new baby, you’re breastfeeding, and you’re famished… All. The. Time!
This is normal and let me begin by saying please, feed that body. Snack, and snack well. Your baby depends on it!
Time isn’t something you will have much of so when it comes to food, quick and simple is the way to go or else you’ll find yourself at the end of the day starving and in turn, binging on the wrong stuff. If you’re hoping to drop the pregnancy poundage, and eat well enough to nourish yourself and your growing babe, here’s your snack survival guide!
Breastfeeding fun fact:
You burn an average of 500 calories a day JUST by breastfeeding your baby.
- Don’t buy a ton of perishable items unless you are expecting to cook a lot post-baby.
- Keep snacks in your car and diaper bag at all times.
- Set some time aside when you can get help with the baby to prep healthy snacks. You want to avoid preservatives as much as possible, especially while breastfeeding.
- Store leftovers in individual packages to grab on the go or in-between feeds.
- Drink tons of water. It’s almost more important than food. Gotta replenish those liquids!
Breastfeeding babies get everything they need from your milk, but it’s important to keep on top of your diet so that you can be properly nourished as you provide sustenance to your little one. While well balanced meals are essential, you want to be sure to have snacks around at all times. Not only does your body require the nourishment, but hangry and newborn don’t make for a happy mamma.
- Find a low sugar trail mix, or even better make your own and pack it with nutritious ingredients. Here is a great recipe.
Yogurt with toppings
- Think high protein like chia seeds, and hemp hearts.
- Opt for full fat yogurt. Babe needs that fat!
- Always homemade! Store bought muffins are loaded with sugar.
- Look for recipes with super foods like sweet potatoes, grass-fed butter, and turmeric. Here’s a yummy one.
- Another great and quick make ahead snack.
- Top with nutrient dense ingredients like blueberries, grass-fed sheep yogurt, and almond butter.
- So many great recipes online. Try this one!
- Grab some whole grain toast and load it up with your favourites!
- Some ideas: avocado and scrambled egg, peanut butter (or if you suffer from nut allergies, sunflower butter) and banana.
- Slice sweet potato really thin and pop in the toaster for a wheat alternative. Try this delicious recipe.