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Snack Ideas for Breastfeeding Mamas Both of You Have to Eat

By Abby K. Cannon

Abby K. Cannon is an attorney turned dietitian who lives a very eco-friendly lifestyle. She created Abby’s Food Court to make a healthy, low-waste life approachable, doable, and FUN. Mama to two boys, Abby is passionate about helping you upgrade your health (and life) with hacks that are low-impact on your lifestyle and high-impact on the planet!

As moms, we tend to forget our needs while caring for our children. When it comes to nourishing ourselves, we often skip meals and snacks because we forget, are too busy and overwhelmed to stop, and notice that we’re hungry or, especially in the newborn phase, have no idea what time it is and what meal is next.

As cliché as it is, we MUST fill up our cups to be able to show up for our babes. And, when it comes to breastfeeding mamas, there’s no better example. Our milk is made of what we eat! If we don’t eat enough in general or enough of what our body needs to produce nutritious milk, we all suffer- mom, baby, and any around a hangry mom and baby!

That said, snacking is fun and delicious and can seamlessly fit into your routine. Here are snacks that satisfy your nutrition needs and your taste buds:

DIY snacks:

  • Nut butter (peanut, almond, pecan) + whole grain toast + sprinkle of hemp seeds
  • Nut butter + fruit (apple, banana, pear) + cinnamon
  • Orange + handful of nuts
  • Trail mix with nuts, seeds, and unsweetened dried fruit
  • Hard-boiled egg + avocado
  • Avocado + whole grain toast + hemp seeds + ground flaxseed + everything but the bagel
  • Homemade energy balls with nuts and dried fruit
  • Homemade banana bread + peanut butter
  • Hummus + carrots/cucumbers/peppers/celery and/or Simple Mills crackers
  • Whole Milk Yogurt or coconut yogurt + nuts + berries
  • Whole milk cheese + carrots/crackers

Premade snacks:

And don’t forget to stay hydrated, mama!