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Let’s take a look at Shakeology, minus all the Beach Body stuff for breastfeeding moms working hard to stay healthy and lose the baby weight. I’m sure you’ve wondered if it is a good choice, but been afraid to ask because sometimes one tiny question leads to a spew of salesy answers. Since I wrote this post, about a year ago, I’ve launched and created my own protein powder specifically formulated for breastfeeding mamas. This means that is has lactation-boosting herbs to help increase milk supply. It also has specific nutrients to curb sugar cravings, super foods for energy, protein and omega-3s for baby’s brain health and development. I highly recommend you check it out, and feel free to use my code: JOYFUL for 10% off your first order! My price point is also much lower than shakeology, but with more benefits specifically for breastfeeding mamas!  I did my research…

Breastfeeding mamas need specific nutrients to ensure they are able to produce a healthy milk supply, as well as take care of their body postpartum. Nutrition is so important during the postpartum period, and most of the nutritional needs for breastfeeding mamas can be solved with a healthy, clean diet. As a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, I am a firm believer in food and fitness for postpartum mamas. I LOVE food, but my love for food transcends cravings for icky chemicals and artificial tastes. I LOVE nourishing my body, so it can function properly. This takes time, and I’ve learned the importance of nourishing your body while breastfeeding after breastfeeding three babies for over a year each. Proper nutrient intake can make all the difference in your breast milk supply and your weight loss, which is why I created my full, nutrient-dense program with a meal plan, grocery lists, recipes for…

Sugar cravings can come on so fast while breastfeeding, and before you know it, you’ve eaten 12 pieces of licorice and 5 packs of your toddler’s gummies (please tell me someone else does this too!). There are many reasons we breastfeeding mamas crave sugar. I wrote a whole post on it that I encourage you to read and save. It is super important to understand how mineral deficiencies, sleep deprivation and lack of protein play a role. If you are struggling getting enough protein, here are 5 quick ways to get some in, or I HIGHLY, highly recommend Ora Organics to make yourself some nutritious shakes that are fast and easy. Read this post for all the ingredient information and how it increases milk supply.  Back to the foods list. These are foods that can really help (and help me!) with sugar cravings. They are healthy, so you can scarf…

Meet guest poster, Katie Pickett, a seasoned entrepreneur and mom of three who has shared her wisdom in crafting this blog post. At joyfulmesses.com, we’re committed to providing you with the latest parenting insights and tips, thanks to contributors like Katie. Stay tuned for expert advice, as we continue to update our blog to support moms like you on your journey. Love, Ashling! As a breastfeeding mama, I am a snacker. I literally could just non-stop snack to my heart’s content if I wanted to. There’s not anything wrong with that if your body likes a constant fuel source. Breastfeeding mama usually crave sugar. There are lots of real reasons behind this, and I think snacking is a great way to tame those sugar cravings. Snacks keep our blood sugar from dropping, which is part of the reason we get sugar cravings. With the expenditure of calories from breastfeeding and working…

Lactation smoothies are my FAVORITE thing ever!! I talk way too much about this awesome, super clean protein powder that is perfect for nursing mamas because it actually promotes milk supply, and it is a huge staple in my breastfeeding diet, and how I am able to run miles and workout, without losing my supply. You can make so many wonderful lactation smoothies if you have the right essentials. I’m going over them here, so you’ll be prepared to smoothie your mornings away. Protein Powder:  I will go over why I love this protein powder, and you can read why protein is essential for postpartum weight loss and milk supply. What a protein powder does for a smoothie, is it creates a better texture, and it adds nutrients you can’t find in fruits and vegetables, so you get a more complete, nutrient dense food. The idea to keeping up milk…

Giving birth is the ultimate motherhood marathon. Whether you triumphed with a natural birth or went for the help of modern medicine (me!!), you are a rockstar, and it’s important to fuel your body for healing. If this isn’t your first time giving birth, then you’ll know what I mean when I say that post-delivery, there’s a lot of healing that needs to happen. I try to stay as oblivious as possible to the damage done, and focus on the healing. Giving your body the nutrients it needs will help you heal faster and feel better sooner. This will enable you to be a better mama because you’ll be getting back to yourself sooner, rather than later. If you are struggling to lose the baby weight, I have a  little program, where I go over how to lose the baby weight, specifically for breastfeeding mamas. I have meal plans,…

Breastfeeding has a magical way of injecting some sort of sugar monster into our bodies. It is a beast that doesn’t sleep unless it’s had some sort of sweet treat every couple of hours. Well, at least that’s the beast inside of me. I have heard many other new mothers mention their sweet-tooth intensity while breastfeeding. It’s a common side effect we all deal with or give in too. But do we know exactly why this is happening? In order to combat the sweet desires that consume our minds and control our taste buds, we must understand why these type of food cravings are happening. Now, if you Google this problem, most articles are going to tell you a number of vague, over-generalized answers like its just because you’re a nursing mom and tired from lack of sleep. It is true that being tired causes you to crave all sorts…

I’m nursing my third baby now. I’ve finally got the hang of losing the baby weight. While even keeping a tremendous amount of milk supply on board for the little one. I’ve even had a bout of mastitis from over producing, while still losing all the baby weight in about 2 months.  Your diet is really key to telling your body its okay to let go of fat, while also providing the nutrients to produce the liquid gold your baby needs. If you are looking for a quick way to increase your 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 understand breastfeeding, and how to keep up a healthy supply. I am a firm believer in a nutrient-dense, breastfeeding diet, which is why I created…