If you’re a nursing parent, adding these healthy breastfeeding superfoods to your diet can help you (and your baby!) get the nutrients you need.
Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse for nursing parents. A common complaint during those early weeks and months of breastfeeding is nagging hunger due to the increased caloric demands of nursing, which is often exacerbated by the fact that parents of newborns often have very little time to prep and eat meals.
Avocados are nearly 80% fat, which can help maintain a feeling of fullness in addition to providing your body with heart-healthy fats. Avocados are also a good source of B vitamins, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Oats are a commonly-consumed food among breastfeeding parents to help support milk supply. But aside from the potential milk-boosting properties, oats have a lot of benefits for nursing parents too: They’re a great source of carbohydrates (making milk takes tons of energy!), fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Plus, they can help relieve constipation, lower blood sugar levels, and help fill you up.