I’ve been breastfeeding on and off for the past five years (not the same kid, mind you). I’ve always subscribed to the ‘eating for two’ school of thought, especially when it came to chocolate.
But did you know that there are some foods which are just so dang good for you, and your baby, that they’re considered superfoods? (I’m picturing a zucchini wearing a superhero cape right now).
And the good news, they’re actually really yummy!
Salmon is an incredible food for a nursing mother because it contains good fats like Omega 3, DHA which is important for baby’s nervous system and calcium. Not only that but there’s protein, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, something often lacking in women’s diets. Omega 3 has been found to be beneficial in the fight against post natal depression.
It's common for new mother's to experience low levels of iron, leaving you tired (ha!). It can also impact your milk supply. Red meat is a wonderful source of iron as well as zinc, protein and vitamin B.
Chickpeas are an awesome alternative to red meat for providing you with additional iron and also have decent levels of fibre, which can assist your digestive system. Chickpeas also contain protein which is essential for breastmilk production.
Not only are apricots a great snack to throw in your nappy bag and munch on throughout the day but they are high in fibre and Vitamins A and C as well as potassium. Interestingly though, apricots also assist in producing prolactin, which is the chemical that tells your body to make milk, making them ideal for women looking to boost their supply.