Nursing & Nutrition
I'm so lucky to be able to nurse baby Carter. Simple as that, we all know that nursing is an incredible blessing and I'm forever grateful that my body was able to do what it needs to do to provide food for my little one.
My chunky breastfed baby😍
However, grateful as I am, nursing comes with a long list of challenges! My biggest one being my nutrition. Am I eating enough? Am I eating too much? Am I eating the right things? Did that chocolate cake give Carter a stomach ache? (Hint: yes it did.)
These days, you can Google something and get hundreds of pages full of conflicting answers. . .eat broccoli, it's good for the baby! Don't eat broccoli, you'll give your baby gas! Drink milk, it's full of calcium and good vitamins! Don't drink milk, your baby will grow up with a dairy allergy and then what?!
You get my point. It's ridiculous and it can be scary at times! No mama wants to eat something that could potentially harm their child or make them grow an extra head or whatever all these websites are telling you.
But the number one thing I've heard that just makes me cringe is:
Don't work out while you're nursing!
This sums up my thoughts on that. Yes, that's my child. No, he's not actually flipping me off. He had an owie on a very unfortunate (but totally hilarious) finger.
I can't begin to tell you how many people I had totally on my butt about working out after Carter was born. They were completely convinced that I was the worst mom ever because I was sacrificing my breastmilk for a nice body. Umm. . . WHAT?!
First of all, I would NEVER risk my liquid gold to get a nice body. I take great pride in being able to FINALLY nurse one my babies exclusively, and doing something to risk that is just stupid in my opinion.
And second of all, working out doesn't make you lose your milk! There, I said it. I can almost hear the angry mob coming after me now. *insert eye roll here*
Now, I'm not saying you can go on a 1,000 calorie per day meal plan and a hardcore workout program and still keep your milk. Nope, that's not how it works. In that case, you will lose your milk. You're already burning tons of calories a day just by nursing your baby and if you cut down on the amount of nutrients you're taking in, you'll lose your milk faster than you can blink.
You can absolutely work out and be on a meal plan, as long as you're eating enough! For me, that means eating about an extra 350-400 calories per day. That's a healthy snack after breakfast, after lunch, and sometimes after dinner, depending on how I'm feeling. I'll also sometimes add rolled oats in my morning super foods shake to give myself a little lactation boost.
LOL! This is joke, by the way.
Some healthy snack ideas:
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- Cottage cheese and blueberries
- Cucumbers and hummus (I'm still working on this one, hummus is not my friend)
- A banana with nut butter
- An apple with string cheese
There are also some awesome recipes for lactation cookies/muffins that I have not tried yet, but will definitely blog about as soon as I do. Another thing I like to do is drink Mother's Milk Tea before bed; it's supposed to assist in healthy lactation. It's got sort of a black licorice flavor, which I had to get past, but with a little raw honey to sweeten it up it's pretty good!