Advice abounds for mothers of newborns. Most of which is good and comes from well-meaning people. In addition, there is usually assistance from friends and family who bring meals for the new family.
If you know a woman about to give birth and you are reading this, please consider bringing healthy snacks as a gift. Or if you are planning on bringing a meal to the family, please consider bringing a few healthy snacks then as well.
Breastfeeding a new born is a serious commitment. It takes time… A LOT of time. The first few weeks of my children’s lives are a blur. I remember endless breastfeeding sessions, trying to catch a solid hour of sleep during the night, and trying to do a little bit of housework during the day. I did not have time to shower. I did not have time to brush my teeth. I certainly did not have time to eat a meal, even though I craved healthy foods.
A breastfeeding station can be a life saver.
This is where a well thought out breastfeeding station, equipped with a well-stocked snack basket, really saves the day!
Make your breastfeeding station early. Around the same time you pack your hospital bag would be appropriate timing. It’s better to have it ready and prepared before you need it. You can place it in the nursery, living room, bedroom, where ever you would be nursing your baby the most frequently. You can even create multiple breastfeeding stations.
The basis of your breastfeeding station is a comfortable chair, Boppy or pillow, and a table with storage. Stock your station with nipple pads, nipple cream, burp cloths, books, magazines, a remote, cell phone, a dim light for at night, baby nail clippers and file, vitamin D, and a NoseFrida or bulb syringe.
Nourishment is incredibly important, especially when establishing a healthy milk supply and recovering post birth. Keep several bottles of water at your breastfeeding station. When you do get a chance to get up for water, use a large cup with a straw, the ones from the hospital are perfect, or a sports bottle. This will allow you to keep track of how much water you are consuming to help prevent dehydration.
One-handed snacks are a nursing mother’s best friend. They do not all have to be healthy. Have a few items that are there simply to make you feel good. Sometimes you just need junk.
Kale chips (which are surprisingly good), nuts, nut butters, dark chocolate, roasted chickpeas, protein bars, applesauce pouches, dried fruit, freeze-dried fruit, trail mix, olives, pretzels, and protein bars are all terrific snacks that keep for a few months and are super convenient and easy to consume with one hand.
Hard-boiled eggs, yogurt pouches, prepackaged fruits and vegetables, cheese sticks, and hummus are great options if you are lucky enough to sneak to the refrigerator or have a helper. Explore the produce section, there are so many convenient foods, even prepackaged blueberries. Paying a premium for convenient packaging is completely worth it if it means you are more likely to eat it.
What are some of your favorite go-to snacks or things to have at your breastfeeding station? Let us know in the comments below.