Eating nourishing and hydrating foods is essential for breastfeeding mothers. These soup recipes for breastfeeding mothers are my personal favorites. Not only do they serve the purpose of hydrating but also provide essential nourishment and nutrition to your postpartum body.
Breastfeeding makes the mother thirsty and hungry frequently. Splitting meals into tiny meals throughout the day works to control the hunger and not pack on pounds in the process. Eating healthy, nourishing foods that are not loaded with unnecessary calories helps increase milk supply and maintain your postpartum body.
Once you have incorporated a breastfeeding diet filled with home cooked meals, healthy snacks and smart additions like these soups and smoothies you are assured your postpartum weight gain will be managed and in due time you will be back to your original weight. The key here is to be realistic about your weight loss post pregnancy don’t expect the weight to come off in a few weeks, it can take months. But its best to do it through a proper diet that also helps you maintain your milk supply and doesn’t cause deficiencies.
BEST FOODS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS
Before we get into the recipes I want to quickly touch upon the best foods for breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding mothers need to focus on three key nutrients – protein, iron, and calcium.
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Seasonal Fruits [Vit C from the fruits helps in the absorption of iron from plant foods]
- Whole grains
- Legumes and Lentils
- Nuts and Seeds
- Poultry and Fish
These foods help the breastfeeding mother to maintain adequate stores of the key nutrients. If you are a vegan or vegetarian mother make sure to check your Vit B12 levels and consult your doctor for a good Vit B12 supplement.
HEALTHY SOUP RECIPES FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS
For more healthy recipes for breastfeeding moms:
Do try these healthy snacks for breastfeeding moms, they taste so much better than store-bought packaged foods and help you stay fit postpartum.
Many traditions also include a chicken bone broth in a breastfeeding diet. This is highly nutritious and helps support a lactating mothers immune system. Here is a recipe of the traditional bone broth for breastfeeding mothers that is used in my family.
I have warm memories of my postpartum period enjoying these delicious and healthy soups. And I hope you find these soup recipes useful too. What foods did you enjoy as a breastfeeding mother? Leave me a comment below.
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