Best Breastfeeding Snacks

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Making breastmilk for your baby uses more energy than at any time in your pregnancy, making you feel hungrier than usual.

Instead of indulging in chocolate bars when hunger hits, try stocking your kitchen and fridge with these healthy snacks:

Homemade banana bread. I keep a loaf in my fridge and snack on a small slice when I want a healthy treat. Look for a recipe that uses wholemeal, spelt, coconut or my almond meal recipe, 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.

Low sugar muesli bar. Stash these in your bag for when you’re out and about for when that sugar craving strikes.

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 (bliss) balls. Whiz together medjool dates or dried figs, almonds, cashews, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut then roll into balls and store in the fridge. 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 – two cups has roughly 60 calories. Sprinkle with a little sea salt for a savoury treat.