Nothing is more frustrating than looking in the mirror and not being satisfied with your own body. It’s hard, because you’re so grateful for your body for creating your sweet baby. But at the same time, you just want your body back. Losing the baby weight can be hard! But you’re already making a good choice by nursing. Breastfeeding actually burns over 800 calories! And the nipple stimulation causes the uterus to contract, helping to tighten up your tummy as well. You can always add an exercise regimen to your daily routine to lose weight faster, but you’ll get faster results by eating right! Here are a list of foods that will help to keep your breast milk supply up, and help to lose the baby weight as too!
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Oatmeal is a great breakfast for a nursing mother, as it provides you with lots of lasting energy and keeps you filled up for a while. This will help you to avoid excess snacking, which can make losing the baby weight hard.
Spinach is one of the easiest things to add into your food because it’s almost flavorless! You can add it to your smoothies, scrambled eggs, stirf rys, anything really!
Mixed nuts are a responsible snacking choice! They’re high in protein, so they are actually filling you up, you aren’t just eating a bunch of empty calories. They are also high in healthy fats, which are very important in a healthy diet as well!
Carrots are an easy food to add to your diet because you can snack on them raw, eat them with peanut butter to get rid of a sugar craving, or steam them as a side dish for dinner. They’re good any way you eat them!
Eggs are one of the best things you can eat while trying to lose weight. They are high in protein, helping to keep you feeling full longer. You can eat them for breakfast any way you’d like, or hard boil them and eat them as a snack or as a topping on your salad.
Yes, water is not technically a food, but it is so beneficial for increasing breast milk supply and losing the baby weight! A lot of people who think they’re hungry are really just thirsty. Before you eat anything, drink a glass of water. If you’re still hungry, the water will help to keep you from overeating. Drink another glass of water following your meal, to help speed up digestion. Water is magic. Drink it like your life depends on it… Because it kind of does! Grab yourself a cute water bottle to help keep you motivated.
Tips for Increasing breast milk supply
1. Avoid bottle feeding when you can, nurse as often as possible.
2. Pump after feeding.
3. Offer both sides at each feeding.
4. Avoid feeding your baby anything but breast milk, if possible.
5. Try supplements after approval by your doctor, such as mother’s milk tea, fenugreek/fennel capsules, lactation cookies, etc.
If you’re really concerned your breast milk supply is dropping and nothing seems to be working, be sure to talk to your doctor about supplements, or other strategies to get your supply back up!
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