New moms are often curious about the type of diet that they should have when they are breastfeeding, as well as how much more food they should be eating. Although it is important to maintain a well balanced diet for your own health, there is no evidence that milk supply (or quality) is greatly affected by the food that a breastfeeding mother eats.
Your breast-milk is always going to be top-notch for your baby; but a poor diet may zap energy at a time in your life when energy is already something that is hard to come by.
Below are a few tips for maintaining a healthy diet while breastfeeding:
- Eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty – This isn’t as easy as it sounds with a new baby.
- Keep water by your nursing spot – If you tend to always sit down to nurse in the same spot during the day, keep a water bottle(and snacks) within arms reach. Nothing brings on thirst quite like nursing a new baby.
- Stick to snacks you can eat with one hand – Stock up on one-handed snacks such as apples, carrot sticks, cheese cubes, and fruit/nut bars. See if your partner can make you an easy-to-grab sandwich before they leave for work in the morning.
- Make a double batch! – When making dinner, always make a double batch so that you have lunch for the next day.
- Eat small meals – Try eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones.
- Keep snacks by the bed – Keep easy to eat snacks, such as granola bars, within arms reach of your bed. Hunger strikes at all hours during those early months. Don’t forget your water bottle!
- Ignore the rules – If you want to have an omelet for lunch, go for it! Same thing goes with having leftover meatloaf for breakfast.
If anyone else has other suggestions, please share!