Let me tell you something no one told me while I was pregnant: you are going to be very, and I mean very, hungry when you’re breastfeeding. Thought your prenatal appetite was impressive? Oh, just you wait! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
…At least this has been the case for me. I’ve never been more insatiable or eaten more in my entire life than during this time that I’ve been breastfeeding. Honestly, this appetite is a lot to keep up with and sometimes inconvenient, but my body is (loudly) demanding calories and nutrients, and so I’m heeding the call.
The nutritional requirements of a breastfeeding mother are comparable to that of a pregnant woman. You’re still nourishing your baby; he’s just on the outside now. In order to nourish both yourself and your baby on a plant-based breastfeeding diet, I suggest eating nutrient-dense foods, making every bite worthwhile. In other words, no “empty calories” or foods devoid of any nutritional value.
You can do a lot to “beef up” (no pun…yeah, ok, pun intended) your existing meals and snacks so that you’re not eating every 30 minutes all day and night. For me, this means adding a scoop of almond butter to my morning oatmeal for extra protein, quinoa and hemp seeds to my lunchtime salad to make it more satiating, and always, I mean always having snacks (yes, plural) in my purse. Seriously, my out-the-door checklist is: wallet, phone, sunglasses, snacks, water.
And then, of course, there’s the hottest topic among nursing mamas: breastmilk production and keeping the liquid gold flowing. Did you know that there are certain foods you can eat that are said to promote lactation and enhance the quality of your breastmilk? You can learn all about these lactogenic foods and and get exclusive access to My Favorite Milk Supply Boosting Recipes when you sign up to have new recipes delivered directly to your inbox!