Five Easy Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms
Breastfeeding makes me hangry. Like, do not even talk to me unless you’re taking my order hangry. I make sure to have nutritious and filling snacks available at all times during the first few months of breastfeeding a new baby in order to avoid being a crazy person. Laugh if you want, but some of you know exactly what I am talking about.
The average woman burns 20 calories in order to produce 1 ounce of milk. This equates to an additional 500 calories being used during the first several months of breastfeeding.
That’s a lot of energy spent on creating an entire food supply for a tiny human and I definitely want my body to be well-nourished so my baby can be, too.
Here are the 5 best healthy snacks that keep me fueled while breastfeeding a newborn.
- Protein smoothie. I add a large handful of spinach, 1 cup of frozen berries, 1 TB of ground flaxseed, 1 cup almond milk, and 1 scoop of protein powder and blend until creamy. To be honest, I don’t measure out each ingredient. I’ve learned to make an educated guess on the amount I pour into the blender but this is the amount I hope for. Pro-tip: leave your blender on your counter. You’re more likely to use it.
- Carrots and hummus with nuts, a boiled egg or a cheese stick on the side. I crave salty food while breastfeeding and hummus satisfies that craving perfectly. Too much dairy has caused my newborns some tummy discomfort so depending on my what I have eaten already, I may skip the cheese stick. Also, boiling eggs and peeling away the shell in advance is so helpful. I just store them in a glass jar in my refrigerator.
- Banana. Seriously. These bad boys are so easy to grab and eat. If I need something with it then I will grab some nuts, nut butter, a boiled egg, or a cheese stick.
- Toast with nut butter. Protein, carbs, fats. And so, so easy to make. I love the “Mixed Nut Butter” from Trader Joe’s but any nut butter will get the job done. I like to sprinkle cinnamon on top and it is seriously so delicious! If strawberries are in season I definitely recommend adding them to your toast. Yum!
- Lactation Protein Balls. There are a dozen recipes floating around online for lactation cookies but my absolute favorite is this just adding the following ingredients together: 1 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup nut butter, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1/4 sliced almonds. Mix together and roll into bite-size balls. You are welcome in advance, my friend. They are seriously so delicious AND you don’t have to bake them. Pop them in the refrigerator or freeze them for later.
There are so many wonderful snacks that will nourish you while breastfeeding but these are my absolute favorite! I would love to know what you snack on in order to satisfy your cravings while nursing your little one. Let me know your favorites in a comment below!