good breastfeeding / post partum foods

Mary - posted on 11/29/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I'm about to give birth to my 2nd child and plan to breastfeed. With my first baby, I was sooo hungry for the first few weeks and months when I was breastfeeding around the clock. It was a desperate, gotta-shove-food-into-my-mouth, any-kind-of-food hunger! I just wonder what are some good for you, but high calorie and easy to make (or even better pre-prepared!) foods to instantly satisfy that crazy hunger. I remember eating a lot of granola bars, nuts, cookies, and cheese - definately lots of calories! Suggestions for food to help with post-partum healing would be good as well.

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Katy - posted on 12/05/2010

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a useful tip i gave my neighbour yesterday, was to eat during the night. especially at the begining when a newborn feeds so regularly. i used to take to bed (wait for it...) 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 snack sized chocolate bar and sometimes even a cereal bar too. and it would all get eaten during the night - 1 with each feed. i dropped this habit after about 2 months once the feeding schedule reduced a little. but i then started having two suppers instead, a sandwhich about 4pm and then a hot dinner with my husband about 8pm. I am a vegetarian who eats no meat or fish, but so long as you have a good rounded diet and ensure you eat from all of the major food groups you should be ok iron/protein wise. re water, i remember the hospital telling me to aim for at least 3 litres of water a day. and i think i probably exceeded this. oh and i used to always have seconds of pudding - with the fattiest cream/custard/ice cream option available! no dieting required when breastfeeding!!!

Heidi - posted on 12/05/2010

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Maybe you could make some freezer meals in these last few weeks before you have this baby so that you have stuff on hand to make after he/she is born.

Jeany - posted on 12/05/2010

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I'd be a little cautious about the milkshakes and yoghurt and cheese, as many babies are sensitive to cows milk proteins passing into the breastmilk. They are good filling nutritious foods, but be aware of that possibility if your baby is unsettled/has colic/vomits frequently. If you know that you were given cows milk based formula before the age of six months, then the likelihood is higher that the cows milk proteins will pass into your breastmilk and that your baby may be intolerant. Also, artificial colours and flavours can cause problems for babies, so once again, the suggestions of home-prepared whole foods are good ones.

Krystal - posted on 12/04/2010

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I ate whatever I could, so I made sure I had plenty of healthy snacks in the fridge...ready-cut carrots, celery, cheese sticks etc etc and rice crackers in the cupboard. I also had a homemade soup on hand so I could heat up a mug of that whenever I wanted it - a hearty chicken and veg meant I was getting a good serve or two of veggies at a time and potato soup really satisfied my carb cravings! Frozen yoghurt was also a winner - high in calcium (let's not mention the sugar content...). I also made sure I ate plenty of red meat at dinner time (iron) and I really enjoyed salmon fillets (Omega 3s - but watch out for fish high in mercury).

Foods for post-partum healing I can't help you with as I (fortunately!) did not need it :)

Good luck! x

Nicole - posted on 12/04/2010

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I ate lots of the mini cliff bars, good amount of protein and easy to eat on-handed. They have big boxes with a variety of flavors which is nice too. I also ate lots of plain almonds too.

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I was that way when I was pregnant. I HAD to eat at least every 1-2 hours! I would pre-slice cheese to eat whenever I wanted, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, granola bars, a bowl of cereal, apple sauce, cheese sticks. That's all I can think of. And I second the "drink lots of water" comment. Sometimes when you feel hungry you are actually dehydrated.

Merry - posted on 12/04/2010

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Can of refried beans, heated in the microwave, add in any of the following. Salsa, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, etc! Even just cheese or just salsa makes it quite tasty!

It's VERY filling, quite healthy, and super fast and easy.

If you have tortilla chips you can eat it with chips or on a tortilla but I'm usually low on supplies so I end up with beans and salsa! Yummy!

And LOtS of water!

Lea-Andra - posted on 12/04/2010

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My mom said she would drink eggnogs (it had protein from the eggs and calories). I would stay away from any store bought pre-prepared good due to high sodium that isn't good for any of us. So as the previous mom said pre-prepared homemade.You'd want anything with healthy protein and calories, pasta and sauce - you can pre make the sauce with meat, tons of veggies (I put it zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, onion, peppers) and put it in small containers like sour cream container size, defrost and cook up pasta and mix. Omelette's are also good, milkshakes. Nuts are excellent. Trail mix things, my mom likes peanuts and raisins mixed together as it gives sweet and salty. Maybe buy or make a lasagna, cut it up into single portions and freeze. You want a mix of healthy, non prepackaged food, but high calories for you. Hope these ideas help.

Rachel - posted on 12/04/2010

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I was the same way, it was ridiculous. We're having our 3rd next Friday. Avocados come to mind, any kind of fruit, eat as much as you want. You can keep a fruit salad in the fridge which would be a good snack for your oldest too. Leafy salads are easy too and you can have your toppings diced up in containers in the fridge. I know it gets a little boring but when you want to eat 5 or 6 times a day it's a little better than shoving anything in your mouth. You can make your own granola to have handy, make your own trial mix and also popcorn. I hope I helped you a little.

Mary - posted on 11/30/2010

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I am looking for any specific ideas for nutritious snacks or easy to prepare meals for my voracious appetite. Thanks!

Megan - posted on 11/29/2010

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You could start making your meals before you have your baby and freeze them! You could also make stuff for yourself ahead of time and freeze them! HTH

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