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Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding?

I'm always hungry! What are some healthy snacks I can eat while breastfeeding?

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I'm always hungry! What are some healthy snacks I can eat while breastfeeding?

The Bump Expert

Feeling hungry is a normal part of breastfeeding -- your body is working hard to make all that milk! Choosing healthy snacks will help you satisfy your hunger without packing on unnecessary pounds, and luckily there are some quick, easy choices that will satisfy you.

Fruit
Fruits that can be eaten with one hand, such as apples and bananas, are ideal for nursing moms. It’s also a good idea to keep some chopped-up fruit on hand. You’ll be a whole lot more likely to snack on pineapple if it’s already cut up and in the fridge than if you have to get out the big knife. If pre-slicing or cutting up fruit is too much of a hassle, canned or frozen fruit is totally fine. Just avoid the kind with added sugar -- buy the kind packed in water or natural juices and not the kind packed in light or heavy syrup.

Veggies
Think chopped cucumbers, peppers, celery and carrots. Keep a selection of cut-up veggies in the fridge, ready to go when you need to grab a snack. If you like dip, hummus and yogurt-based dips are both good choices.

Nuts
Almonds, walnuts and pecans all are filling and great sources of protein. (But if you or your baby has any kind of nut allergies, nuts are obviously not a good choice!)

Sandwiches
Spread some peanut, almond or sunflower butter on whole grain bread. Or layer a bit of lean chicken and cheese on toast. A quarter or half of a sandwich can help satiate your hunger while giving you a nutritional boost.

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Leigh Anne O'Connor, IBCLC and past President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA)