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Breastfeeding foods & super snacks?

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littleraysofsunshine Tue 11-Feb-14 10:41:16

I'm a busy mum of a three yr old, 20mo, and 13day old son! Any tips for keeping nourished enough?!

Twinsplusonesurprise Tue 11-Feb-14 23:06:53

Carbs & protein.
Slow release carbs will give you longer lasting energy. I ate loads when I was BF DS and running around with DTDs.
Rough oat cakes, wholemeal bagels, ham, cheese, boiled eggs, smoked salmon (a treat!). Dried fruits quite good too, raisins, apricots. And of course obligatory chocolate eclairs too!!!

Twinsplusonesurprise Tue 11-Feb-14 23:08:11

Sorry - read again. Were you after snacks or meals? Obv I ate meals aswell as that lot & loads of fruit.

littleraysofsunshine Wed 12-Feb-14 09:23:15

Both really. He's only two weeks old and I have a 3yo and 20mo too so still adjusting. I haven't had the energy to cook nice meals hmm

Beans on toast has ran it's course lol or pasta

ShiresCountryBumpkin Wed 12-Feb-14 15:29:30

OMG you have 3 kids, breast feeding one of them & you're thinking of cooking meals.......?!! I don't think I cooked anything for me until DS was at least 10 months, just lived on porridge and toast until DH came home & produced something for me.....you have my intense admiration!
Slow burning energy a must - porridge & fruit to start, snack on fresh & dried fruits and oat bars or similar & baked potatoes, pasta, HM soup & crusty bread - don't forget to take a good BF supplement too though, and good luck x

spilttheteaagain Wed 12-Feb-14 18:23:03

Erm, when DD was a newborn I ploughed through PILES of bananas, dried apricots, chocolate raisins, dark chocolate and homemade seeded/fruited flapjack and a gazillion chocolate hobnobs

Looking back, as snacks go, that wasn't too bad - lots of fibre and iron in that lot, but also a lot of sugar.

Pot of hummus with raw veg (buy preprepped carrot batons if you want an easy life) and pitta might be good

Raw nuts have lots of good protein, fats & general nutrients: Almonds good for Vit E, calcium, cashews good for iron, brazils for selenium, walnuts for omega 3s.

Olives?

Peanut butter on toast?

Make yourself a tub of your preferred nuts/seeds/dried fruit so you can grab a handful as and when. I would also add some broken bits of very dark chocolate (85% + for me). Not only is it delicious, but cocoa is very nutritious - a great source of iron actually which 2 weeks post partum is probably very helpful.

Chunks of cheese with cherry tomatoes? On oatcakes if you like.

Get your DH to leave you a packed lunch in the fridge so you can definitely get something to eat - cold meats/sausages, hard boiled eggs, cheese, prepped bits of veg/salad (pref finger food!), frittata in slices, would all be good options.

Or leftovers from dinner that you can zap in the microwave - eg chilli (also do baked potato in microwave/oven), bolognaise (just cook some pasta), stew (add a hunk of bread & cheese)

Eggs on toast? That's super fast if you have scrambled.

Congratulations!

mrspremise Thu 13-Feb-14 21:15:36

Snickers bars. They got me through...

littleraysofsunshine Fri 14-Feb-14 17:45:23

It's a shame that stuff like raw veg and hummus stuff really jut doesn't appeal to me. And cherry toms hmm

BrianButterfield Fri 14-Feb-14 18:02:11

Im always embarassed to read these threads - my BFing diet consists of lots of chocolate, crisps, cake and biscuits! I try and have decent actual meals (try smoked mackerel on toast/with a tub of salad) but between meals it's snacktastic!

tb Sat 15-Feb-14 16:27:26

I seem to remember living on fish fingers, and anything else you could eat with 1 hand.

whatareyoueventalkingabout Sun 16-Feb-14 09:11:17

Split's post is amazing, but all I can remember when I try and think back is the day my little boy napped for two hours at about four weeks old and I baked a Brie and ate the whole thing with bread and raw carrot and peppers and broccoli.

spilttheteaagain Sun 16-Feb-14 16:21:34

Sounds great whatareyoutalkingabout! I would wholeheartedly endorse such a lunch! but make mine a massive cheddar you can keep the brie

enormouse Sun 16-Feb-14 16:36:01

Currently bfing a 2 week old and have a 2 year old. I generally have soup (cooked in bulk at the weekend) with toast for lunch or bagels/paninis.
I also freeze breadmaker pizza dough for during the week and save any dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.

When I'm feeling lazy - fishfinger sandwiches, beans on toast, sardines on toast, cheese on toast (you get the idea… smile), jacket potatoes and frozen pizza.

Snacks - yoghurt, fruit and cereal bars, crisp bread topped with cream cheese, tinned sardines or smoked salmon trimmings . Also a lot of bourbon biscuits and bounty bars.

littleraysofsunshine Thu 27-Feb-14 16:11:27

Why does my body just seem to crave junky things. (Biscuits. Etc) dehydration??

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 27-Feb-14 16:23:26

Instant stuff - chicken satay sticks, mixed bags of dried fruit and nut, lindt balls...

Have you got a partner? I have 3 little ones and one the 3rd one arrived my DH had to do a lot more of the housework and cooking, I just didn't have time.

We've been using our slow cooker (I can put in on after lunch when things are quiet on high then it's ready by dinner) plus more pre prepared food - eg pre chopped beef strips, chilled noodles, stir fry veg, sauce... Gets you through the totally mad stage.

You are probably dehydrated, bottled water can be handy so the bigger ones don't spill big glasses. Also lucozade sport for rehydration and dehydration.

Good luck! It does get easier.

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