Favorite Breastfeeding Snacks

Good afternoon! Who doesn’t love snacking?! I’ve always been a “grazer,” and since I’m breastfeeding (which takes ~1000 cal/day to do), I now have the perfect excuse for eating around the clock 😉

For the first week of Judith’s life I stayed in bed to rest and recover. There was really not much of a pattern to her eating and sleeping at this point, so I was “on call” all day.

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I decided to eat mostly gluten and dairy free to remove two common triggers for digestive issues and prevent tummy aches for Judi. Garrett went to Whole Foods a couple days after Judi’s birth to pick up some snacks, since I was super hungry, not just from breastfeeding but also from recovering from giving birth.

Added bonus: because gluten contributes to inflammation, belly fat, and causes a similar response from your body that sugar does, avoiding it is helping me lose the baby weight quickly!

Here are some of my favorites:

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These oat and honey clusters were really crunchy and lightly sweet. Perfect alone or with milk! You can’t see from the picture, but there were large, crispy clusters of oaty goodness here. I ate these for my “pre-breakfast” snack early in the morning before my sister or Garrett was up to make breakfast for me.DSC_0121

White Cheddar Popcorn. Need I say more? DSC_0124

This trail mix from the bulk bin at Whole Foods is amaaaazing! Coconut, raisins, goldenberries, goji berries, sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs–just add chocolate chips and you’re all set 😉 Nutritious, filling, and delicious.DSC_0125

“Wow” is right! These gluten-free cookies are SO good. Soft, chewy, and full of ginger. DSC_0126Some more ginger action going on here, this time with some smooth dark chocolate. Yum!

Beside these snacks, I had a bunch of fresh peaches, plums, berries, and grapes (nature’s candy!).

Nursing moms, what are your favorite middle-of-the-night feeding snacks?

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