This post has been sponsored by ZonePerfect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When you’re pregnant, you hear a lot about nutrition and how important it is for your growing body. Oddly enough, once the baby is born, that nutrition talk dies down. I know that not everyone can or wants to breastfeed, but for nursing moms, nutrition is still so important for at least the first six months of your baby’s life. After six months, of course, babies can start to have solid foods and often women decide to slowly wean their babies from breastmilk. For as long as a mom is nursing her baby though, nutrition is extremely important. I am not a nutritionist, but I have learned a few things from nursing my baby for almost 14 months now.
If you’re a nursing mama, here are?five nutrition tips for breastfeeding moms that you need to know!
Listen to your body
I put this tip first because I really think it’s the most important tip for any pregnant or nursing mom. I think the easiest way to control your eating and drinking while nursing is by listening to what your body is telling you. “They” say that the cravings we have are a sign of things our body lacks, so I always try to focus on what my body is telling me and then listen to it, too!
Always carry snacks
Everything takes approximately 15x longer once you have a baby involved. I quickly realized that having a snack on hand in the diaper bag is ESSENTIAL to making sure that I stay well fed, which means baby can, too! The amount of times I’ve gotten caught out and about running errands in between meals only to find myself starving is too many to count. Now, I try to make sure to refill my snack section of the diaper bag when I refill?Greyson’s necessities.
One of my favorite snacks that is easy to carry anywhere I go are?ZonePerfect bars. I tried these a few years ago and now they have even more?flavors. My recent favorite are the Fudge Graham bars!
Drink plenty of water
Any pregnant or nursing mom will tell you that your thirst level while pregnant or nursing is insane. I’m not exaggerating when I say I drink over 100 ounces of water daily. I pretty much?constantly drink water. This is extremely important for maintaining a healthy milk supply but it also keeps your body feeling energized. I can tell when I haven’t had enough water because I won’t feel my milk let down as quickly as normal and I’m prone to getting headaches when I am dehydrated as well.
It’s helpful to drink an extra glass of water right before nursing or if you’re pumping as well. Downloading an app to help track water consumption is super helpful as well, if you don’t naturally have the urge to drink tons of water while nursing.
Eat foods that are high in protein and/or healthy fats
Snacking throughout the day is so important while nursing but more than just that, snacking on foods that are high in protein to help curb your hunger is essential. Eating a bag of potato chips or a donut, tempting as they may be, is just going to lead to more hunger sooner than you would get hungry again after a snack of peanut butter and an apple or a ZonePerfect protein bar. Choosing good snacks is a key to maintaining a streamlined level of blood sugar and hunger!
Don’t Count Calories
After having a baby, it’s easy to want to focus on losing that baby weight as soon as possible. BUT limiting calories in order to lose weight has a whole host of problems for breastfeeding moms. You will want to give your body time to heal before starting any exercise, after you’ve been approved to begin exercising by your medial provider. Even after that point though, you’ll want to ensure that you have a healthy milk supply established before worrying about limiting calorie intake. They say that?nursing?moms need about 500 calories?extra while breastfeeding, but that’s not an exact number to track or limit yourself to. Again, trust your body and what it’s telling you, establish a healthy milk supply and make sure to eat high protein, healthy snacks in between meals.
If you’re a nursing mom, what tips would you add to this list? Have you tried?ZonePerfect bars before?