What I Ate Today: Breastfeeding

The initial weeks of breastfeeding is the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life. I remember feeling the same way with Enzo and this time is no different. I always thought being pregnant would make me hungry, but nursing a tiny baby round the clock while recovering from birth makes me one hungry mama! Below is what I ate in a day. I’m trying to get as many healthy calories as I can and incorporate lots of healthy fats. I also drink water constantly throughout the day to stay hydrated. With Enzo, I think after the first few months my hunger calmed down a bit but I was always still hungrier than normal until I stopped breastfeeding entirely.


Breakfast

Smoothie (frozen banana, small orange, spinach, chia seeds, 2% milk Greek yogurt, coconut water and honey), one piece of gluten free toast with almond butter and a hard-boiled egg


Lunch
Bratwurst, roasted green beans, potatoes and sauerkraut. No that’s not a beer it’s pineapple kombucha. 🙂


Snack
I had two of these Lara Bites. So yummy!


Snack
Me and Enzo split a pear and I dipped mine in some sunflower butter. We also made these lactation energy bites (I substituted flax seed for shredded coconut and doubled the recipe) so we ate some of the batter too.


Dinner
A friend brought us a crockpot meal of maple chicken, sweet potatoes and carrots and I threw together some quick salads.


Bedtime snack
Even if I’m not super hungry before bed, I get in a snack so I’m not starving in the middle of the night. I’ve been having Greek yogurt with blueberries and homemade granola (thanks to another friend!) every day.


Middle of the night
I’ve been addicted to these Kashi nutbutter bars which are AMAZING. I eat one during one of Emilia’s night feedings. I also sometimes eat a small orange if I’m still hungry during the next feeding. I keep these by the bed so I don’t have to go downstairs in the middle of the night.

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