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10 Quick Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms

Whether you are nursing a newborn or an older baby, you will notice your desire for snacks will increase. That’s because you need to eat an extra 500 calories to maintain your milk supply. It is a good idea to have healthy snacks for breastfeeding moms on hand so you are less tempted to reach for something that may be full of empty calories. Some of these snacks may require some prep from you, but with a little effort you can have a fridge stocked with simple snacks you can grab and eat!

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Quick and Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms

  1. Yogurt – Yogurt is a yummy treat that is packed with calcium and probiotics. If you need some extra protein, go for Greek yogurt.
  2. Cheese & Whole Grain Crackers – Cheese and crackers are a classic snack that never go out of style. Get some extra protein and calcium from a few slices of cheese and satisfy your craving for crunch with healthy whole grain crackers.
  3. Avocado Slices – Avocado is a super healthy snack that is packed with healthy fats and other nutrients that will benefit you and baby. I like to sprinkle lemon juice and a little salt and garlic powder on my avocado slices.
  4. Salad – Mix up salads ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to eat. You can add lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and whatever other veggies you like. When you’re ready to eat, sprinkle on some dressing and a little bit of cheese. I like to make my own dressing with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  5. Hard-Boiled Egg – Unless your baby has food sensitivities to eggs, you will want to make sure you take advantage of this awesome snack. Boil a batch of eggs all at once and store in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
  6. Nuts – A handful of nuts can give you a quick energy boost and satisfy your hunger. I especially like walnuts and almonds.
  7. Fruit – It cannot get much simpler than a piece of fruit. Eat a banana or an orange. If plums or nectarines are in season, go for one of those. You’ll get a sweet treat along with vitamins, too!
  8. Carrot Sticks & Hummus – Prepare carrot sticks ahead of time and eat with your favorite pre-made hummus.
  9. Bagel & Cream Cheese – If you’re needing some carbohydrates, you can smear half of a bagel with your favorite cream cheese for a quick snack.
  10. Apple Slices & Nut Butter – Of course, we can’t leave out apple slices and peanut butter. This snack takes minutes to prepare and will tide you over until dinner.

You may also be interested in the best super foods to eat while breastfeeding, or foods to avoid while breastfeeding.

What are your favorite snacks for breastfeeding moms?

Joanie Boeckman is an Army Reserve wife and homeschooling mama to three (soon to be four!) beautiful children. She is passionate about living a simpler life, attachment parenting, homemaking, and homeschooling. You can find her blogging at Simple Living Mama where her mission is to empower women in their roles as homemakers, mothers, and homeschool teachers.

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