After delivery is such a special time with a new baby. I am now 9 Months postpartum with my third baby, so I’ve been through the recovery process a few times now. I’ve also nursed three different babies. I get a lot of traffic and questions concerning what to eat for increasing milk supply, losing the baby weight and recovering from giving birth. There’s so much going on, I thought it would be helpful if I created a meal plan that is specifically designed for recovery and milk production to get you through your first day postpartum.
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First-Day After Birth Meal Plan to For Milk Supply and Recovery
This is your first full day after delivering your baby! Here are some great meal options that I love, and found on Pinterest, as well as some recovery tips to encourage your body to repair and rest.
Breakfast (or first meal depending on what time you had your baby!!):
Snack: Your probably going to be hungry soon after breakfast. Giving birth is hard, hard work!!
Lunch: I’m sure you’re hungry for lunch just a couple hours after your snack! Hello breastfeeding/exhausted appetite setting in!
Snack: Don’t be surprised if you are hungry again soon! Here’s some snack ideas for you, and you’ll want to drink some more of your Upspring Tea or a nursing tea now too!
– Carrots and dip with cheese and crackers. These crackers are super healthy
– Hummus with red peppers, crackers and carrots. You need to read this post to see how important chickpeas (which make hummus) are to your recovery.
Dinner: You’ve made it almost a full day with your new little one! I hope you’ve snoozed a bit while you could! Here’s what I have planned for dinner!
Chicken and Barley Soup. I found this recipe and knew it would be amazing and comforting post delivery. It has so many fabulous nutrients in it for your breastfeeding body, and it will encourage you to relax and rest.
Not a fan of chicken soup? Don’t worry, here are three other options for you:
Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce (read here how important Mushrooms are for healing!!)
Dessert: Feel free to eat one of the lactation cookies again, or make a lactation cookie ice cream sandwich with a healthy ice cream! Here’s a cookie ice scream sandwhich recipe that is healthier and delicious you can do if you or someone can do some baking! I didn’t feel like baking at all, so I munched on these cookies for nursing mamas from a bag 🙂
I really hope this helps guide you on your first day as a new mom. Whether its your first or your fourth baby, its super important to choose foods that will encourage your body to produce milk and heal from delivery!