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Breastfeeding Diet: The Best Foods for Milk Supply and Weight Loss After Baby

I’m breastfeeding my third baby now and I’ve finally got a handle on how to lose the baby weight without affecting my milk supply. I’ve even had a bout of mastitis from overproducing, while still losing all the baby weight in about 2 months.  Your breastfeeding diet is really key to telling your body it’s okay to let go of fat, while also providing the nutrients that produce the liquid gold your baby needs. If you are looking for a quick way to increase your breast milk supply, while not consuming extra calories, I highly recommend Fenugreek. I’ve used it a few ways, but the drinkable versions worked best for me. I also found this resource amazing in helping me understand breastfeeding and how to keep up a healthy supply. I know that a nutrient-dense breastfeeding diet plan is essential for successfully maintaining a good milk supply level while also being able to meet…

How To Create a Healthy Breastfeeding Diet Plan

Creating a healthy breastfeeding diet plan is easier than you think! In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a healthy breastfeeding diet that will help your own health as well as your breast milk supply. Creating a breastfeeding diet plan is really important to your health as a new mommy, as well as your milk supply. Successfully creating a diet plan you can follow while breastfeeding means that you can start losing the extra baby weight while nourishing your body. This is what I teach to new mamas in my program. It is entirely possible that you can create your own breastfeeding diet plan to lose weight and keep your milk supply up. I am going to give you the steps to take to help you do just that! What A Healthy Breastfeeding Diet Plan Looks Like And How To Do It Creating a breastfeeding diet plan…

The Best Breastfeeding Foods for Lactation Smoothies and Shakes to Increase Milk Supply

Want to learn how to make yummy and healthy lactation shakes and smoothies that will help you build your breast milk supply while nourishing your body?  If you’re looking to add some lactation recipes to your rotation, I’m going to give you some of the best ingredients to use in your lactation shakes. Good for you, mama! Taking control of your breastfeeding diet is just plain smart and healthy too! All you need is a blender, some fruits, a liquid of choice, and some other helpful ingredients to taste, you are well on your way to making your tummy super happy while improving your daily milk production supply. Choosing the Right Ingredients for Your Lactation Shakes and Smoothies There are some very nutritious ingredients that you can use to create your very own lactation shakes and smoothies. Make sure to pin this post to refer back to later! The ingredients…

Tips for Breast Milk Storage

One of the most bonding things between a mother and baby is breastfeeding. This can be one of the easiest ways to feed your baby. However, many women reach a point where they need to begin pumping their breast milk. Sometimes it is because their body produces more milk than the baby needs.  Or they may need to return to work and want to provide the liquid gold for bottle feeding. For some mommas, keeping a stored supply of breast milk is done because they want to resume date nights with the hubby. Whatever your reason for pumping and storing your breast milk, we have compiled a few tips to help you get started. Organizing Your Pumped Breastmilk One of the most important things to remember when you are storing breast milk is to label your milk!  There are many different types of storage bags you can purchase. Most of…

Pumping: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work Out

There are times when breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you and your new baby. Quite often, this is accompanied by a lot of guilt – especially for new moms. No need to worry, it’s not your fault. Besides, there are other options available to help feed your baby with your natural breast milk. Most new moms have been told that breastfeeding ALWAYS works, and that it is an automatic process after childbirth, but sometimes it does not always go as planned and that’s fine! Exclusive pumping is the next best option for new moms, if breastfeeding does not work out well. It applies to situations where your baby has to use extra effort to get breast milk, and it can be very relieving for both mommy and baby. The hormones prolactin and oxytocin are responsible for the production of breast milk, but milk production is highly dependent on how…

Top Picks for Breastfeeding Safe Protein Powders

Protein packed smoothies are a great way for moms to fill us with good calories, a good way to lose baby weight and help boost milk supply.  Protein powder is safe for breastfeeding and can serve several purposes at once for both baby and mom. Protein shakes are such a great way to take in a lot of nutrients, which if you are breastfeeding, you need! Protein is so important for lactation and getting enough of it can be difficult for busy moms.  Let’s talk about why protein powders are super helpful to breastfeeding moms. Are protein powders safe for breastfeeding mothers? Yes, here’s why: Protein powders offer high concentrates of essential vitamins and minerals that are normally difficult to consume Protein powders are filling and versatile for use in various shakes and recipes Protein powders are derived from organic and clean ingredients, not chemicals. Protein powders can be sweetened…

Breastfeeding Twins: Tips to Increase Your Milk Supply

If you’re a breastfeeding mom of twins, you know that it can be a little more challenging than breastfeeding a single baby. Not only do you have to worry about producing enough milk for both babies. But, you also have to make sure that they are getting the right amount of nutrition. Let’s discuss some tips to help increase your milk supply and make breastfeeding twins a little bit easier! How to know if your breast milk supply is low When breastfeeding twins, it is important to make sure that your breast milk supply is adequate. One way to tell if your milk supply is low is by the frequency and amount of wet diapers your babies have. They each should be having at least six wet diapers per day (or more).  If not, then it is likely that your breast milk supply is not enough. Another sign that your…

9 Helpful Tips That Bring Relief to Breastfeeding Moms

You don’t have to be a mom to know that breastfeeding can be challenging at times. Breastfeeding can save you money and time, but can also be difficult to do in public or when you are away from home.The hardest part of nursing a baby for me was figuring out how to make it work in the first few weeks. I’ve been there and done that and I want to help. Here are my 8 favorite breastfeeding tips for the new mom. Nursing Bra Having a good nursing bra can make all the difference when trying to nurse in public or in the middle of the night. Wearing a supportive and comfortable nursing bra keeps your breast tissue and ligaments supported under the extra weight of the milk they carry. Different types of nursing bras are sold in stores and online which can benefit the different situations you can…

Tips and Must-Have Products to Pump at Work

Many mothers face the same worries as they near the end of their maternity leave. Frequently asked questions include: Where will I pump at work? How long of a break will I get? What do I need to buy?  I don’t want you to have to stress and worry. This post will help alleviate your worries and answer your questions as you prepare to head back to work.  What You Need to Know About Pumping at Work Know your rights  As you make preparations and plans to pump at work, notify your employer of your plans. There is a good chance they have experience with this and can help.  Even if your employer is up to speed on your rights and their responsibilities, it’s important for you to know, too. The Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law legally requires employers to provide time (and space) for employees covered under the…

Best Breastfeeding Necessities

Basking in the glistening sunlight as it peeks in through the window, I sit in my glider rocker gently rocking my sweet little one to sleep after a quiet time of nursing and bonding together. Sipping on my water, I smile as I gaze down at the adorable little face falling asleep in my arms as he lays on the nursing pillow that I received as a gift at my baby shower. What an incredible feeling, I think to myself, this endless bliss of love for such a tiny person I just barely met, yet the desire to love, care and protect this sweet child is filling my entire being with immense determination and joy. This was not my first time having a baby, and may not be my last. I do, however, feel it is somewhat different each and every time we have a child and I choose to…