Alright ladies and gents, postpartum is NO joke, and eating the right types of nutrient-rich foods is SO important post baby. Making sure mama is taken care of is essential. After a woman gives birth her body is extremely depleted. If you choose to breastfeed there is also another element of depletion as most of your nutrients are going right into your milk supply. On today’s post I will share my favorite freezer meals, quick breakfast/lunch/snack ideas under 10 minutes and a nutrient dense food list.
Note: I’m not a doctor or nutritionist. This is my journey with postpartum and food.
In my experience I was more hungry post baby than during pregnancy. I’ve found that’s very common amongst the ladies in my circle. Recently I listened to a podcast where a nutritionist mentioned if mom isn’t eating enough calories it can effect her milk supply. Just something to consider however there are always so many factors. I’ve read you need 500-600 more calories a day if breastfeeding. Make sure you’re eating enough!
It’s also important to note, not all calories are created equal! Nourishing your body with the right types of food is key: olive oil, avocados, warm leafy greens & starchy vegetables, meats (beef), salmon, nut butters, oats, eggs, seeds, broths and more. These are packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, healthy fats, amino acids, salt and support milk supply.
During my first postpartum experience my Midwife informed me WARM foods are very beneficial for mom. It’s soothing, creates better circulation and easier for the body to break down. I’m 11 months pp with bébé no 2 and I am still gravitating to warmer foods. Listen to your body!
If I can offer you any advice for a mom-to-be, make sure your prep nutritious freezer meals, specific foods like ground meat, roasted vegetable and quinoa as well as have snacks ready to go. Trust me, you will be exhausted and this will ensure you are feeding your body what it needs to recover.
The month following birth is such an important time to let your body heal, snuggle with your baby and take care of yourself. Eating the right foods can help you gain strength back and aid in internal recovery. Ask your circle to help!
Leave a comment on this post with any questions you have! xx
Egg tacos – Siete gf tortillas, roasted veggies (prep ahead of time) and avocado
Lactation balls AKA “Titty Balls” – recipe here
Salmon, quinoa (or gf pasta) and avocado bowls
Egg frittata w/ veggies
Almond butter toast on Bread SRSLY sprinkled w/ sea salt
Protein Bar – R.E.D.D.
Ground meat, quinoa, spinach and avocado bowls – make meat & quinoa ahead of time and warm up with spinach.
Oatmeal bowl w/ seeds (flax, chia, hemp), almond butter and berries
Grass Fed Ground Beef
Olive & Coconut Oil
GF Brown Rice, Cauliflower and Quinoa Pasta – this brand
Seeds – flax, chia and hemp. Sprinkle on everything!
Vegetables – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green leafy (spinach, kale, swiss chard & broccoli),
Hydration Packs – this brand