HOW TO - HEALTHY MEAL PLAN FOR BREASTFEEDING WOMEN

I'm not a nutritionist. I'm not a doctor. I'm just a mom, trying to figure things out the best I can on this ridiculous postpartum journey.  The following has worked great for ME!

Things to know:

1. Drink at least a gallon of water a day. I bought this awesome 1/2 gallon water bottle to keep me accountable. When it comes to water...the more the merrier. When I haven't drank enough, my milk supply drops and I get headaches and dry skin. So bottoms up...water is your new wine.

2. Eat at least 6 meals a day so you don't fatigue. I'm currently eating every 2 hours.

3. Be realistic...no one can cook 6 times a day, and we cant all be so lucky to have a personal chef, so have things on hand that don't need cooking. Nut bars and fruit are my go-to.

Trust me...this is the ONLY way to take a photo of yourself eating a banana and it not look phallic. 

TYPICAL DAY

Breakfast - 7:30 AM
1 cup of Ezekiel Almond Sprouted Grain Cereal
1/2 cup of Almond Milk (I developed a dairy allergy postpartum, but feel free to have cow's milk if you like)
Banana

Morning Snack - 9:30AM
1/2 cup Oat Bran
1/3 cup Almond Milk
3 Dates
1 tsp Coconut Oil

Lunch 11:30-12:00 PM
1 1/2 cups Split Pea Soup w/Chicken (Sometimes TJ's low sodium butternut squash or tomato soup)
1 slice of Squaw Bread toasted w/ 1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

Lunch Snack 1:30 PM
Figi or Gala Apple
However much I want Almond Butter

Pre-dinner Snack 3:30 PM (I cook a big batch of this on weekends and just leave it out on the counter)
Handful of my Kale Chips. (Kale + 1tsp grapeseed oil + Oven for 6 minutes)
Handful of my spicy roasted Garbanzo Beans.  (Garbanzo Beans + Cayenne +Cumin+Chill Powder +1tbsp grapeseed oil+ Oven for 30 minutes)

Dinner 5:30 PM
Chicken
Sautéd onions, peppers and garlic
Sweet Potato

Late Snack 7:30 PM
Sometimes a Kind Bar
Sometimes dark chocolate
Sometimes pumpkin bread
Sometimes I'll have more soup and toast

Lately I've been eating my favorite cookies (2 ripe bananas[brown spots are good], 1 cup of rolled oats, handful of chocolate chips...smoosh together and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees)

This isn't a diet. I just find all of this stuff delicious. Also it gives me all the nutrients I need to keep the boob milk flowing. Find healthy foods you love and load up. My goals are to introduce more veggies and less bread/grains...we'll see.