If you are breastfeeding, it is SO IMPORTANT to make sure you have enough nutritious snacks in-between meals to help your supply.
Experts estimate that breastfeeding mums need an extra 500 calories per day for milk production and overall energy.
However, more often than not, mums become so focused on ensuring their little one is feeding well, they forget about themselves. In order to produce a good supply of breast milk, you need to make sure you are consuming enough healthy food.
This lovely breastfeeding mum shares her favourite quick and easy to make snacks.
10 quick and easy one-handed snacks for breastfeeding mums
Alicia Sims, who is a mum to two little ones and part of our Healthy Mummy community says, “One thing I found when I was breastfeeding a newborn is that I was always starving.”
“Preparing a whole meal took time though, then there was the issue of trying to balance a plate on one knee, a baby on the other, and trying to get your fork to your mouth without dropping any food on the baby!”
Along the way, Alicia discovered snacks that were not only easy and quick to make but loaded with goodness – perfect for mum and bub.
These are Alicia’s TOP 10 BREASTFEEDING SNACKS! All but one of these snacks are cutlery free, easy to eat, nutritious, and can be mastered with one-hand.
Check them out here:
Alicia’s top 10 breastfeeding snacks
1. Cashew chia slice
“This is a new family favourite. It’s super easy to make and dense enough to not crumble while eating.”
Not to mention its full of healthy fats – great for keeping you feeling full for longer.
2. Healthy chocolate Weetbix slice
“If you’re looking for something a little more decadent, this chocolate Weetbix slice has you covered. The hardest part of this recipe is stopping at just one serve!”
3. Rich and nutritious coffee and date slice
“These are perfect with a warm drink or by themselves. This slice can easily be made with decaf coffee for caffeine sensitive bubs.”
4. Peanut butter bars
“This is another milk boosting snack, that is easy to make on the go. These bars are a tasty snack when you’re busy being mum.”
5. Peanut bubble crunch
“This one takes a little extra prep time, but it is so worth it! Look at those layers!”
6. Chewy peanut butter cookies
“These are so delicious. Good luck keeping your hand out of the cookie jar with these tasty treats!”
7. Healthy no bake honey coconut cookies
No baking required with this one mums – how awesome is that?
“Whip up a batch of these cookies without worrying about getting up to turn the oven off if baby wakes for a feed,” says Alicia.
8. Overnight oats
While this recipe requires a little bit of forward planning – it’s delicious and oh so filling!
“Whether you have these oats for breakfast or a snack, your milk supply (and your taste buds) will thank you,” Alicia reveals.
However, you’ll need a spoon for this one ladies.
9. Fruit skewers
“If you’ve got fresh fruit in the house and a few minutes to prep, try cutting up the fruit you have and eating it on a stick. It’s a refreshing and delicious snack. These are perfect for older kids too!”
This is one of Alicia’s own recipe ideas.
10. Healthy Mummy milk BOOSTING smoothie
“Thanks to the Healthy Mummy, at one point I had 3 Litres of expressed breast milk in my freezer. THREE LITRES!
“I’ve had such a strong milk supply this time around because I am taking care of myself in order to take care of my baby.
“One of the easiest ways to keep my milk supply flowing is a daily Healthy Mummy Milk Boosting Smoothie.”
This recipe – along with The Healthy Mummy Smoothie range – have been able to help many mums – just like Alicia with their milk supply.
“These smoothies are breastfeeding friendly and have lots of nutritious ingredients to make sure both you and bub get all the good stuff you need.”
The Healthy Mummy Smoothies (which are breastfeeding-safe and actually created to help with milk supply) already contain lactation boosting herbs such as fenugreek and ginger. However, to turn your smoothie into a serious milk boosting machine try adding cashews which contain calcium and iron.
Thanks for the great breastfeeding snack ideas Alicia!
More on The Healthy Mummy, breastfeeding-friendly smoothies
The Healthy Mummy Smoothie offers an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and important antioxidants. It does not contain caffeine, gluten and is also dairy free. It is also a non Genetically Modified product!
They have been created by leading nutritionists to be the perfect companion to a busy mum’s life when trying to lose weight safely – and assists with a healthy breast milk supply.
If you would like to learn MORE about our smoothie range download our smoothie information fact sheet here OR you can download the smoothie label and ingredient list here.
You can also check out our delicious flavours HERE.