Healthy Foods For Breast Feeding Mums
Healthy food has always played a sensitive role in the life of every pregnant and breast feeding woman, as extreme caution is required here. You constantly need to monitor what you consume, your nutrition and everything that finds its way into your body, as this will affects your baby’s growth and development. So watching what you eat is very necessary as this ensures you and your little one are in good health.
If you are looking for some healthy options to ensure that your breastfed angel gets all the necessary nutrients, read our post. Below we list some delicious, healthy and easy to make meal ideas for breastfeeding mums.
Chicken stew is loaded with protein and will help boost your energy levels. It keeps you feeling full, without making you feeling bloated or stuffed. The warm stew satiates your hunger and doesn’t tire you. Add several fresh and seasonal vegetables to the stew for some extra flavor and nutrition. You can also add a dash of butter and some herbs to enhance the flavor. The stew will also help you stay hydrated, especially as you will lose a lot of fluids while you breastfeed.
Barley and Vegetable Soup
Barley and vegetable soup will again make you feel full without making you feel bloated or making you feel that you ate too much. You may probably be wondering to yourself “where am I supposed to get barley from?” Well, if you are ever in the Northern part of Nigeria most especially Plateau State, they have a wide range of leguminous and fibrous foods. Barley is loaded with fiber, which helps remove all toxins and waste from your body and keep your digestive system on track. It will also prevent and ease signs of constipation, which is a problem that many mums experience while they are breastfeeding. Adding vegetables to barley soup will not only make the soup tastier, but it also makes it a healthier choice than simple barley soup. Soup helps hydrate your body and prevents common breastfeeding side effects like constipation and dehydration.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are a vital and extremely nutritious part of our diet. It helps boost your baby’s brain development. When you eat salmon, the omega-3 fatty acids from it pass into your breastmilk and onto your baby’s digestive system. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to the proper development of your baby’s nervous system. Omega-3 fatty acids also boost energy and keep you safe from infections.
Sautéd Spinach And Broccoli
Spinach is extremely rich in iron, which is a great source of energy and will help your body restore its strength, even as you breastfeed your little one. Broccoli contains a high amount of vitamin C, which will remove and prevent any traces of infections, cold and cough and more, and keep you healthy. You can add a bunch of sautéed spinach and broccoli flowers to a salad, along with some roasted potatoes, crumbled cheese and more fresh vegetables.
It is very important to take care of your eating habits while you are breastfeeding so that you can provide the best to your little one and be healthy yourself. The importance of eating healthy foods cannot be stressed enough, and we hope these ideas can help you find the right balance of taste and nutrition for you and your little one.
Mums, what were the types of meals you had while you were breastfeeding? If you have any quick and healthy meal ideas, do share them here. Leave your comments in the section below and help fellow nursing mums eat healthily.