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Protein powder is one of the biggest tools I use for postpartum weight loss, as well as keeping up my milk supply. Lots of mamas worry that when they start losing weight, they will lose your milk supply. But, that’s not true. Your body wants to use the stored calories and nutrients in our fat cells to produce milk, and if you continue to supply your body with great nutrients, your body will have everything it needs to produce lots of milk. I’ve become a pro at breastfeeding, and I am just weaning my third baby now. If you need to increase your milk supply, check out these 5 foods (which also help with weight loss!), and save this post for later. It’s all the tips and tricks my sister and I (she pumped and nursed twins over a year while working part time!!) have learned.
Moving into protein powder smoothie recipes!! I talk a lot about this protein powder on the blog. I actually just ordered a new tub of vanilla this morning. It’s super, super clean and full of wonderful ingredients for breastfeeding mamas, or postpartum recovery. I love it, and I wrote all about how each ingredient is awesome for milk supply and weight loss. Save that one for later too. If you aren’t even sure how to choose a protein powder, I have a great guideline on that, where I go into more details on how to choose one, if you want more options.
Now, let’s get to some awesome recipes!
Love this one because there’s no caffeine, but you get the flavor and texture of a frappucino from Startbucks. Get this, there was a study that suggests breast milk tastes a lot like vanilla ice cream. “Scientists have discovered that breast milk smells AND tastes like an awful lot like sweet vanilla ice cream.” Read the source here and see what you think. The reason I like this recipe for milk supply is because it has cottage cheese in it, which adds to the protein and calcium your body craves! Lots of protein to keep you full, and low in actual sugar because the protein powder I recommend is only sweetened with Stevia, not any chemicals or sugar alcohols.
Yummy! These are made with cashew butter, rather than peanut butter. I get tired of all the recipes with peanut butter, and it actually has more of a cake batter taste with the maple syrup and vanilla protein powder. Cashews are considered a lactogenic food, along with almonds, macadamia nuts and avocados.
These are quick and simple to put together, as well as full of oats! Oats are amazing for milk supply, and each is only 86 calories, so you can have a few!
All of this is just so yummy and healthy! Bananas are great for milk supply with the potassium content, in addition to honey
Talk about a perfect combo! Blueberries are an amazing super food, they give you tons of nutrients for little calories and taste great. Combined with some fresh lemon and this is so, so yummy!
This is my recipe, and I specifically add some special ingredients to make it awesome for milk supply, and really good for your postpartum weight loss journey. Protein, veggies, flaxseed and mint to really give you a fresh, and sweet treat! Pin mine for later making!
There are 6 super awesome, protein-powered lactation recipes to keep you supply up while you lose the baby weight. I also have some more recipes that are healthy treats and encourage milk supply!
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If you have no clue how to pump, or need help pumping more breast milk, READ THIS!
If breastfeeding in general is difficult, or you feel overwhelmed and worried, I found THIS so HELPFUL!!
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Here’s what other mamas have said about my solution:
“I’m on the 14 day clean eating part and already feel a change. I love that your program caters to nursing moms. These recipes are boosting my milk supply! Thanks again and can’t wait to use the new app!”
“As far as counting calories, yes that was so helpful!… it was an eye opener…But your concept of reducing ever so slightly and monitoring milk supply was so helpful! I have lost 6lbs-yay!- and have 12 more to go! I am encouraged for sure because it is usually not until I’m done nursing that I’m able to lose weight. So I’m all in for hopefully the rest of my life-on clean eating like this and exercise! Thanks so much for your help!!”
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ”