Hi guys! I am so excited about this post today because I’m doing a little collaboration with McCall Weekes from A Newtrition Life and we are talking a little bit about nourishing our bodies postpartum especially while breastfeeding.
When I first started nursing, I wrote a post about why breastfeeding can help you lose your baby weight (HERE) but I wanted to talk a little bit more about what I’ve been eating over the past (almost) ten months postpartum and share a yummy green smoothie recipe! I’ve luckily never had any problem with my milk supply, I’ve been able to lose my baby weight and most importantly my body has felt pretty good and I want to credit it to my diet.
The type of foods we eat is crucial to the way that we feel- McCall is going to talk more about the specifics on her post today, if you want to head over there to read that.
Those first few weeks right after I had Baby L, it was basically survival mode. I was just eating whatever just to make it through my sleep-deprived state. When I say whatever, I really mean whatever (ehem chocoloate, lots and lots of chocolate). Once we finally got the baby to actually sleep at night we were able to get into a better schedule which led to better eating choices. Thank goodness, haha surviving off of a diet of mostly chocolate is not going to be good for anyone.
There were 3 specific things that I did each day to make sure that I could make enough milk, give my body the nutrients it needed and to help get the baby weight off.
Create a Plan and a List
This is by far the best thing to do if you are trying to eat well and lose weight. I hate the feeling of waking up and not knowing what you are going to have for breakfast so you end up eating cereal, again. Taking just 20 minutes or so once a week to create a Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner menu and an accompanying grocery list is a life saver! You always know what the plan is, you can pick healthy meals and you won’t be left to just eat whatever you have laying around the house.
My list usually looks something like this:
- Monday Breakfast: Mango Sticky Quinoa
- Monday Lunch: Avocado Toast on Rye
- Monday Dinner: Tortilla Soup
- Tuesday Breakfast: Strawberry Ricotta Shortcakes
- Tuesday Lunch: Chinese Chicken Stir Fry
- Tuesday Dinner: Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie
And then I just make a grocery list and separate it out into Produce, Meats, Dairy & Other. It makes my grocery trip so much more efficient, my meals tend to be significantly healthier and there’s generally less mindless eating throughout the day.
Eat Breakfast Everyday
By starting your day off right you are going to be much more prepared to tackle the day in a healthy way. Not to mention that your body need calories to make enough milk for your baby. Mornings are prime time to fill your little cutie’s tummy up so you definitely need to make sure that you are taking in enough calories so that your body can function properly. There have been times that I get lightheaded after nursing and I know its because I haven’t had enough calories or enough water. In order to stay feeling good start your day off with a healthy and filling breakfast.
Don’t Deprive Yourself but Don’t Overdo It
While I’ve been breastfeeding I haven’t been on a ‘diet’ per say because I was worried about losing my milk supply and I did not want to add too much stress to an already new and different phase of life. So instead of telling myself that I needed to eat perfectly 100% of the time, I gave myself some freedom to eat things that sounded good. Sometimes a little bit of chocolate or soda here and there is needed! The key with this is making sure that you don’t get out of control and overdo it. You can have some chocolate… just not the whole bar 🙂
These are just some tips that have worked for me since having my baby. McCall is going to talk about more of the specifics about what your body needs while breastfeeding, you can find her post HERE. If you are interested in getting one-on-one help with your relationship with food, McCall is your girl! She has a ton of different options to help you learn not only what to eat but how to eat.
And last but not least… here’s a delicious green smoothie recipe that is full of vitamins and minerals!
- 1 orange
- 1/2 cup pineapple, frozen or fresh
- 1/2 mango, frozen or fresh
- 1 frozen banana
- Large handful of spinach
- Orange juice (add until desired consistency)
- Toppings: Unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, banana
- Add all ingredients and blend until smooth. If you want more of a drink and less of a smoothie bowl, add orange juice until you get the consistency you like 🙂
- Top with all the goodies!