20 Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding is a lot of work. It’s hard for many moms to be successful with it in the first place, and then there are other moving parts to keep it going. Nursing enough, pumping, eating the right things, keeping your supply up, etc.

When you’re breastfeeding, not only can it be time consuming but it also definitely takes a toll on your body. In my experience, the breastfeeding hungry uglies are far worse than any other hunger I’ve experienced, including during my pregnancies. I get hangry. If I don’t eat, I feel lightheaded. I also turn into an angry monster. Don’t even try to ask me an important question if I am hangry, let alone be in the same room as me. You have been warned. If I wait too long, I end up binging. If I don’t have something healthy on hand, I end up overindulging on something I shouldn’t have. This undoes all of the healthy choices I’ve been making.

Staying hydrated and healthy snacking is so important when you’re breastfeeding. It rings true for me! I’ve compiled a list healthy snacks for breastfeeding moms that keep me satisfied but are also “clean.” I try to avoid processed ingredients and stick to items that are whole foods. I try to pack at least two healthy snacks to take to work, so that when the breastfeeding hunger strikes, I do not turn into an evil demon woman and I can immediately grab something.

20 Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms by lifestyle blogger Meg O. on the Go

20 Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms

  1. String Cheese
  2. Raw Almonds
  3. Whole Wheat Pita Chips
  4. Hummus paired with cucumber slices or carrots
  5. Greek Yogurt (make sure it’s pure and low in sugar)
  6. Sugar snap peas
  7. Almond butter with apple or celery
  8. Green smoothie
  9. Bananas
  10. Lara bars
  11. A glass of unsweetened coconut milk
  12. Edamame
  13. Fresh deli turkey slices
  14. Mixed fruit
  15. Oatmeal energy balls
  16. Mookies or protein bars
  17. Apple
  18. Unsweetened dried fruit
  19. Sprouted grain bread topped with mashed avocado
  20. Raw mixed nuts

Breastfeeding moms – what are your favorite snacks for breastfeeding moms? Hope my healthy snack ideas help you avoid your next hunger rage!


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    February 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    this is a great resource!! i need to eat more healthy…

    Sandy a la Mode

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    February 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Not BFing right now but I will definitely share this! I like putting almond butter on banana slices 🙂

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    February 10, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Great post! I like to have a piece of whole wheat toast with black bean hummus and avocado on it. It is SOO good. Have you ever made your own hummus?

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    February 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    When I nursed I loved homemade popcorn, not the microwave stuff. I also ate dry roasted peanuts.

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    February 16, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I loved this post Meg! Plethora of things to try to. I’ve only used a few from the list and I’d definitely try the rest! Thanks for sharing this must-know for mommies!

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    Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    June 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Hey Meg! What a great list you gathered. I’m stocking my fridge for use in the next few weeks!

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