It is very important to focus on your nutrition while breastfeeding, both for your health and your baby’s! Here are my top 4 tips to follow while breastfeeding your baby:
1) Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
2) Take a whole food prenatal vitamin (I take “Super Nutrition” Simply One Prenatal)
3) Drink enough fluids so that you are never thirsty
4) Avoid caffeine and alcohol
You should build your own nutritional plan based on the tips above, however here is an idea of what I eat. You will see that I follow a mostly raw vegan diet. If you are not currently raw and vegan, it is not really a good time to switch to this diet while you are breastfeeding. This is because your body may go through detox and you want to avoid releasing any of these toxins through your breast milk. It won’t hurt to add extra fruits and veggies to your current diet though!! My average daily menu is below.
My Mostly Raw Vegan Breastfeeding Meal Plan
Upon waking (in this order)
Tall Glass of Lemon Water (with stevia)
Fruit (usually some papaya)
Bowl of Raw Granola (Sprouted and Dehydrated Buckwheat Groats and Sunflower Seeds, almonds, walnuts, and whatever else I crushed up and threw in that batch)
About 2 hours later
Big green smoothie – frozen bananas, leafy greens (I mix this up but a combo of spinach, kale, celery, sprouts, or any leafy green), chia seed gel, stevia. Those are the standard, but sometimes I will add raw carob, dates, blueberries, or some spices)
About an hour later if I am hungry
Fruit (usually an apple or some mango) and/or some dehydrated buckwheat groats
Around Lunch Time
A Salad (I usually have some sort of chopped salad prepared; if not, a greens with carrots, celery, asparagus, tomatoes and nutritional yeast)
About 3 hours later
Another Green Smoothie or Sprouted Buckwheat with a little granola depending on my mood
Around dinner time
Something more substantial like a nori or flax wrap sandwich full of sprouts and veggies or a raw burger.
I have recently started to eat cooked grains like quinoa, brown rice, and kasha. I season them with Himalayan Sea Salt.
I know you should eat your fruit before anything else, but I like to finish off my dinner with a sweet treat like frozen banana ice cream. If you look at one of my earlier blog posts you will see that I have a recipe for this with carob powder. Sometimes I will sprinkle granola over it with some raw agave nectar for a heavenly treat!
Yes! I eat all day so sometimes I am snacking on Raw Brazil Nuts, Frozen Grapes, a dehydrated bar that I might have made, carrot and celery sticks dipped in guacamole.