Since I'm right in the middle of a pumping series this week, I thought for this week's Kitchen Tip, I'd offer some advice on fueling your body for pumping success.
Much like in pregnancy, it's important that you get a well-balanced, nutritious diet when you're pumping for your infant. What may come as a surprise is that you actually need MORE calories to support your body's production of milk than you did during the pregnancy: 500 vs. 300 (assuming singleton in both cases).
Lots of fruits and veggies are critical to good health but, honestly, at the end of the day what's going to keep you energized is a balanced combination of whole grains and proteins. And never, ever forget to stay hydrated!
Here is one of my very favorite "nursing breakfasts":
- Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter
- Strawberry yogurt (this happens, conveniently, to be YoMommy, but any yogurt will do...)
- Plenty of water
For more great food related tips, check out Tammy's Recipes!