Making breastmilk for your baby uses more energy than at any time in your pregnancy, making you feel hungrier than usual.
Scoffing on rice crackers may give you an instant energy boost, but you’ll find your energy (and mood) will slump not longer after. When hunger hits, try stocking your kitchen and fridge with these healthy options:
Homemade banana bread. Just when you need to satisfy that sweet craving. Look for a recipe that use wholemeal, spelt, almond meal, and minimal added sugar as the ripe bananas should add enough natural sweetness.
Half a sandwich. Keep things nutritious by thinking of your snack as a mini meal. Having a slice of wholegrain bread with a piece of cheese and lots of salad is a really great option.
Handful of nuts Eating a handful of nuts is a daily must do. They provide a dose of healthy fats, protein and fibre to keep you feeling full. This is a good option for night feeds as it shouldn’t make you feel overfull when you go back to sleep.
Small smoothie. Staying hydrated is an absolute essential when you’re breastfeeding. Besides drinking plain water, whip up a smoothie with milk or yoghurt, some fruit and ice for an easy snack to sip on.
Protein power bars. Made with minimal ingredients, this is a perfect one-handed snack which also hits the sweet spot.
Air popped popcorn. This is an incredibly satiating snack and one that is quite low in calories â€“ two cups has roughly 60 calories. Sprinkle with a little sea salt for a savoury treat.