It’s a scenario familiar to all nursing moms: you sit down to nurse and, just as you get yourself comfortable and the baby properly latched, you are struck with an amazing thirst and hunger! No way you are going to disturb the baby, but you could really use a snack RIGHT NOW.
Let’s talk about some great grab and go snacks for nursing moms!
Try to make your snacks nutritious and consider eating every 2-4 hours throughout the day to keep from getting too hungry. Nursing moms need an extra 300-500 calories a day, and those can be hard to get in, especially during your first weeks home with your baby.
Consider having a basket of non-refrigerated ones beside your go-to nursing spot and a mom-only tub of snacks in the fridge.
Here are 12 quick and healthy snacks :
#1 Trail Mix with Nuts and Dried Fruit. You can buy it or make your own, combining equal parts nuts and dried fruit
#2 Granola or fig bars
#3 Cheese sticks or string cheese
#4 Simply GoGURT (not just for kids!)
#5 Baby carrots or other chopped veggies
#6 Individual nut butter squeeze packs (like Justin’s)
#7 Dark chocolate (yummy and full of antioxidants)
#8 Fruits you can eat with one hand like apples, pears, grapes, or peaches
#9 Protein bars (like Luna for women or Kind bars)
#10 Hummus and pretzel packs (Sabra has great ones)
#11 Protein shake (like Kos)
#12 Lactation bites made just for nursing moms (like these from Majka)
And don’t forget your water bottle!
Did you know that Tennessee Family Doulas Postpartum Care includes nutrition and meal support? Yes, we are happy to help with this important aspect of your postpartum journey. Contact us today!