Check out these meals for new moms. The best foods to eat when you’re nursing: Think healthy for you and your baby. Dig into this list!
The best foods to eat when you’re nursing: Think healthy for you and your baby. Dig into this list!
Hungry much? Probably: Your body needs an extra 500 calories a day when you’re breastfeeding, the equivalent of an extra meal. What you eat, though, is just as important as how much. "You want to eat a wide variety of foods—fruits, vegetables, ones with good protein and calcium," says breastfeeding expert Diane Spatz, Ph.D., the Helen M. Shearer chair in nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. "But mostly I want to see moms eating the foods they like."
There are plenty of no-brainer options besides turkey sandwiches. Dietitian Eileen Behan, R.D., author of Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding, shares her recommendations on meals for new moms:
Popsicles! Good for staying hydrated if you’re getting tired of drinking water—and easy to nibble on as you nurse.
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