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Nursing Munchies

Updated: May 6

GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD!!! This is what it can look or sound like. Seriously.  Nursing can be a challenge for many other reasons such as cracked nipples, engorgement, pumping, the list goes on. (Don't fret, it isn't always difficult and there are loads of resources).  Many, many women have a relatively easy time nursing. That said, one thing that unites us all... Ah! The hunger. Near constant hunger. All the time. It brings you back to your days as a rebellious youth who might have dabbled in some (un)savory habits. Breastfeeding your baby and you have the munchies. So what to do? EAT. Shop for all the food. Stockpile all the food. Then eat all the food. Okay, not really, but there are some solutions.  Always have some key foods on hand. Easy to grab, easy to eat, and full of goodness. Your partner and your postpartum doula can take care of the heavy duty cooking.  After all, the reason you're so hungry is because your body is using all those calories (from all the food) to make breastmilk! You'll want to eat foods that are high in protein and complex carbs. Fats will help with satiation and a high water content is a must to deal with near-constant thirst. So, we present the 5 best snacks:

  1. Fruit (watermelon chunks, grapes, apples)

  2. Nuts (unsalted cashews, pistachios, almonds)

  3. Cheese (colby-jack cubes are perfect)

  4. Veggies (celery w/peanut butter and raisins, carrots, jicama)

  5. Little pre-made sandwiches and wraps (get the recipe here) If you want more essential postpartum and nursing ideas, stay tuned by subscribing!

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