Happy Mom Monday, nursing mommies—Emily here again!
It is now mid-January and our ‘eat healthy’ resolutions aren’t as easy as they were a few weeks ago. You have a baby to take care of and have probably slipped to the bottom of the priority list. But, nursing mommas need to make healthy eating a priority as you are providing nutrients for two (or more) now.
Nursing moms need to add about 500 calories to their diet, or 2-3 snacks, every day. If you add a snack between each meal, and possibly another after dinner, it will be easy to keep up with the nutrition your body needs to create quality milk for your baby. Or maybe you’re like me and find snacking while nursing the easiest way to remember getting in those extra calories.
As your baby takes nutrients out of your body, you can put more in.
There are tons of healthy snacks out there, and you can get as creative as you would like. However, I find I am more likely to eat healthy if I don’t try to overdo it.
Fruits and Vegetables. This is the simplest way to snack. Keep a little bag of carrots, cucumbers, or cut up peppers in the fridge to grab on the go. I also keep apples, oranges, and bananas on hand. These are easy fruits and vegetables to eat with one hand and don’t take a lot of preparation or clean up time. You can also buy dried fruits (or dry them yourself) to add some variety.
Smoothies. I love being able to drink my snack while nursing as there is little chance of dropping crumbs on my sweet baby’s head. If you keep a smoothie ready in the fridge, you can quickly grab it when you sit down to nurse. I tend to keep mine simple, using fruits and vegetables we always have around the house. I’ll throw a cup of ice in the blender along with an orange, a few carrots, banana, and an apple. Watch your grocery store to see which fruits and vegetables are in season and mix those in with your yummy concoction.
Lactation Cookies. After I gave birth to my second, a good friend brought a bag of lactation cookies to the hospital—they were delicious! I love cookies, so I was a tiny bit afraid they wouldn’t taste good, but I gobbled them down before the day was over. My husband, however, was weary he would start lactating. Hah! More for me. A few lactation cookies provided in our boxes include Milkin’ Cookies, Bent Elbow, and YummyMummy. These cookies are loaded with everything your body needs to create high quality milk, and you don’t have to spend any time making them. It’s a win-win.
Lastly, don’t forget to drink water. Leave a glass of water within eye sight to help remind you to consume it. Healthy snacking doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does help to be mindful. Plan ahead and use nap times to fill your fridge and pantry with ready-to-go snacks for the weeks’ nursing sessions.