It's tough being a new mama. You're tired, you're overwhelmed, and there's almost no time to eat yourself when you're...
It's tough being a new mama. You're tired, you're overwhelmed, and there's almost no time to eat yourself when you're busy feeding that baby. Make your chow time count for more with these powerful bites that not only give you energy but maximize breastfeeding success.

foods for breastfeeding

Blueberries pack an antioxidant punch to keep you healthy whether you're breastfeeding or not, but as a breastfeeding mama, they'll also provide a good dose of carbohydrate for energy and can be used in muffins or pancakes or tossed in cereal or smoothies or fruit salad. OR if you're super hot (summer and breastfeeding can make you even warmer) try some blueberries straight from the freezer - icy cold and so sweet. Like ice blue candy! Brown rice is an easy, yummy, and energizing food for new mamas. Yeah, carbs don't help you lose that baby weight fast, but cutting all carbs will leave you more tired and you may lose weight too quickly which can make breastfeeding harder. Whole grain brown rice is a nutritious carb with a decent amount of calories for energy and it's easy to mix with veggies, chicken, or a light sauce. You can even add some salmon (see below). Salmon is not only a nutritional powerhouse for new mamas but it's packed with DHA, a type of fat that is absolutely essential to your baby's nervous system development. All breast milk contains DHA but levels are highest in women who eat DHA in their diet regularly. Salmon is also easy - eat it plain, toss in pasta or a salad, and low fat. Plus compared to other fish, it's got a low risk of mercury exposure. Lastly, DHA may help prevent postpartum depression. Yay!

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