Tips for Breastfeeding Moms
Breastfeeding can be a daunting task, especially for a new mother, but it is also one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever experience as a mother especially when you know that your child receives only the best from you.
When it comes to breastfeeding nothing is more important than eating right. Your baby is what you eat so make sure that you have a healthy, nutrition balanced diet. There are times, though, when you are too exhausted to make healthy meals at home, especially if you are a working mom. Between caring for your newborn and chasing deadlines there’s little time for cooking. We understand your frustration and have come up with a list of tips to keep you and your baby healthy.
Plan your meals for the week by listing down a variety of dishes that you plan to make. You can do this every Saturday or Sunday when you have more free time. Then prepare a grocery list and shop. Once you have all the ingredients you can start preparing the food. Make food that freezes well, chop your salad vegetables and fruits and refrigerate them, make your salad dressing and keep it in a jar in the fridge. By doing these you will save plenty of time during weekdays – all you need to do is pack your salad for your lunch and heat up your dinner. On certain days when you plan to cook, prepare your ingredients in the morning, so you only need to cook them once you come back from work.
Snack between meals
Any mother who breastfeeds would know that hunger is their best friend. Bringing healthy snacks, such as dried fruits, nuts, and oat crackers everywhere you go is a must. These snacks will also come in handy for when you’re stuck in a jam on the way home or when your meeting with a client takes longer than you expect. You can also make your own snacks – cut-up fresh fruits with yogurt, dark chocolate cookies, and granola bars are all perfect for a breastfeeding mama.Supplements
Sometimes when your body is tired or overworked whatever healthy food you eat might not be enough, and a working mother knows this too well. That is why taking supplements is a good idea to nourish your body and help you stay healthy. For daily intake, opt for multivitamins and calcium supplements, whereas vitamin C is needed to prevent and treat the common cold. Let’s be honest, we do want our fast food or soda every now and then so taking these supplements makes sure your body gets its daily nutrients. Just remember to drink at least 2.5 liters of water every day.
We hope the above tips will help you cope with the endless chores of motherhood, breastfeeding being one of them. But we bet the joy of seeing that smile on your baby’s face makes it all worth it.