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    Default Healthy snacks for Breastfeeding

    Hello Careline Team,
    Hope I’m posting this correctly. It’s actually a question I’ve been looking around a bit lately online for but obviously there are heaps of conflicting answers. So why not ask the professionals.

    This seems to be especially relevant, coming into the holiday season. What are the best snacks for a breastfeeding mother that help keep supply up, but don’t add weight for mum.
    Ideally, I’d like to start losing weight but as I’m currently feeding my 9 month old twins, I really don’t want a change in diet to drop their supply. I think I’m pretty lucky to be able to feed two babies but I would also like to start taking better care of myself too.
    I’ve done small changes such as switching out white grain for whole meal and switching soft drinks to Soda water which have made a big improvement, and my main meals and generally great anyway. It’s the snacks I’m at ends with. It’s too easy to reach for a lollie or chips when I’m feeling that low. What are some great snacking ideas that are easy to just grab and eat? I don’t mind a bit of prep ahead of time, I can get that done when I have a bit of spare time, but I’m unlikely to prepare stuff when I want the actual snack. And best ideas overall, daily diet wise, that will help me?

    Cheers

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    Default Hello Ahalfdozen,

    Hello Ahalfdozen,


    Thank you for your message. Well done on making those positive changes to your diet already! And yes I agree you have done very well breast-feeding your twins! There aren't specific foods that will act to increase your supply specifically, the main thing is to have a well-balanced diet with variety. Ensuring you are drinking adequate fluids is also particularly important especially coming into the hotter months! Although fluid intake doesn't necessarily relate to how much milk you produce, you are using up more fluid and we don't want you getting dehydrated. When breastfeeding, you do use up more energy over the day (for example the amount of calories found in a filled sandwich) so it is important to ensure you are eating to appetite and providing your body with the energy it needs.
    When thinking of healthy snacks that will keep you going, you want to ensure they contain some protein and fibre to keep you fuller for longer. I have provided some quick, healthy snack ideas below:
    - Pre-boiled egg and a piece of fruit
    - Vegetable sticks and hummus
    - A handful of nuts and a piece of fruit
    - A low-fat yoghurt and a banana
    - Nut butter and sliced banana on wholegrain/wholemeal toast
    - Wholegrain crackers with cottage cheese
    - Wholegrain crackers topped with tinned tuna
    - Baked beans on wholegrain/wholemeal toast


    I hope this helps!
    Regards, Saskia- Careline Dietitian

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    All those are fantastic ideas. Thanks heaps.

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