Food, glorious food! If one is a preggie or a mom of an infant/toddler/both (just-delivered, a nursing mom.. the list goes on, we've got all sorts of power moms!) , we know how food has been categorized under "whack it all", "healthy", "sinful", "avoid at all cost", "eat at your own risk". Now, that's just crazy isn't it? Nevertheless, the many questions of "What to eat" for all stages of motherhood never ceases. Throw in a schedule that involves much juggling tasks, rushing from place to place, weight gain, weightloss, self exhaustion, the search of breastmilk supply stimulants and nutrients for babies, food becomes a mind boggling topic.
Being amongst different circles of friends, with them in their different stages of motherhood, I've been fortunate to experiment, experience and share my personal journey, food choices and its outcomes, on many occasions. At present, after the birth of my second baby, I'm revisiting food choices that worked for me, and also tried new ones. With friends being in similar stages, the conversations seem to hold the very same questions and concerns.
So, let's get going with this new sharing- Fuel for moms! Whilst I prepare, consume, devour, (whateveryoumaycallit), I'll snap those pics along as I go and let you in on the goodness of the food that doesn't have to be all that fancy, but works like a charm!
We don't need to go overboard with all foods that are nutritious or with food that are great for breastmilk supply. And no, we don't need to have these ingredients for every meal. Come on, everyone loves a variety of food.. i’ll know, because I love my food! Moreover, too much of these specific food may either result in "burning out" cos you're just tired of it, or engorgement for a nursing mom- which brings on other problems. But one thing’s for sure, start eating a little of these food day after day and you’ll see your immunity and energy boosted, and cravings for the unnecessary lessen significantly.
Just keep in mind: Moderation and Consistency (MnCs). Incorporating these ingredients into a daily meal will help in our personal goals and need not compromise on the supply of breastmilk. Whoever doesn't want to lose the pregnancy weight gain and look fabulous? Isn't that a part that makes up one's confidence? However, that does not mean losing those pregnancy pounds at a cost: risking depleting energy for oneself- when you should be providing nutrition for yourself- and the baby if you are a nursing mom.
As we routinely eat foods that give us the energy and add in appropriate fitness exercises, we are 'self-caring' to be the power moms we can be. If you've got recipes or information, jump on in and share!
*This sharing is not meant to substitute medical advice- if you have any concerns, contact your physician or a lactation consultant immediately.
1. Smoked Salmon Salad
There are just days when the baby needs you more and thats just all right! Prep a delicious bowl of salad, filled with delish goodness for yourself and for the supply of breastmilk! Best part of it all.. you can savour it slowly whilst carrying or feeding the baby without worrying it getting "cold".
Ingredients: sweet potato, smoked salmon, avocado, salad leaves, tomatoes, cheese, apple, nuts.
Dressing: lemon, olive oil, pepper
2. Morning Goodness
Morning goodness! When the morning is one heck of a rush, that doesn't mean one compromises on breakfast. Pregnant? This is just the food for you and baby, and cranberries to prevent nasty UTI. SAHM? It takes just mins. Rushing to send baby to school then to work? Pack the milk separately. A breastfeeding mom? Oh, such nutrition in the breastmilk and what's more, oats will do the work for those milk machines! 😉Moreover, these berries will meet any necessary sugar craving that leads to less unnecessary sugar cravings!
Note: I'd consumed this with goat's milk. My little breastfed chick is a tad sensitive to cow's milk.
Blueberry morning great grains, multigrain muesli, granolas, cranberries, blueberries, mixed nuts e.g. walnuts, almonds, cashews, milk.
3. Toast with a Punch!
As a mom, being sick SUCKS. Pregnant or breastfeeding? BLEH! One worries about medications and quite honestly, you just feel like a bag of crap. So start boosting your immunity and fight off any bugs before you feeeeeeel it. This toast packs a punch and you won't believe till you try it. Its OH-SO-GOOD, ain't oily like you'd imagine. With such fragrance in this yummilicious treat, one toast just ain't enough!
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) is not just good for the usual skin and hair care, it's SUPERB for breastfeeding! The antimicrobial fats, lauric acid and capric acid guard against infection from harmful viruses, bacteria, yeast and parasites, thus supporting the baby’s immune system. These rich fats in mother’s milk are vital for the continued growth and development of infants. Yet, if mommy wants to lose weight.. TADAAAA! This oil's fatty acids boost metabolism for energy. You don't compromise on your supply of breastmilk while managing your weight wisely 😉
- Manuka honey (fr NZ) makes it extremely effective in preventing and treating the common cold. You fight off infection and if you need to soothe your throat, this doesn't reduce milk supply like many over-the-counter- remedies or throat lozenges etc. do. (Sage, thyme, peppermint). Yes, a breastfeeding mom can take honey. You ingest the honey and *botulism is not transmitted in breastmilk. Please, DO NOT feed your baby honey.
So, whatcha waiting for? Go make yourself this heavenly toast. You're welcome 😊
With toasted bread, pour 1-2 teaspoons of EVCO evenly over the surface of bread , then spread manuka honey, covering entire surface of toast. DEVOUR.
*To read about breastfeeding and honey: http://www.breastfeedingplace.com/honey-and-breastfeeding-can-eat-honey-breastfeeding/
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