Snack Ideas for the Nursing Mom

Snack Ideas for the Nursing Mom

One vivid memory I have from the first week at home with Alexander is nearly fainting. We all woke up, and as soon as I took a few steps, my head started spinning. I immediately felt nauseous and that I would pass out, so I sat on the bed and started crying. I had a follow-up appointment that morning anyway, so I asked my doctor what was up. After checking out some of my vitals, she told me it was most likely because I was nursing without drinking enough water or snacking enough.

When I got home, I made a plan for myself. I looked online for ideas for nursing snacks. I learned several things. Healthy fats are important for the breastmilk. Slow-burning carbs are good for energy that will last a little while. Quick-burning carbs are good for a burst of energy. Protein keeps you full longer.

Basically, I shouldn’t just snack on potato chips, cookies, and grapes all day. I needed some variety. 

All those things are well and good, but this time, I’ve also got a toddler to consider. I got a lot of feedback from followers, from blogs I follow, and from groups I’ve joined on Facebook. Plenty of moms have been through this before, so I drew from all those stories, tips, and experiences to come up with a plan that (I think) will work for us!

Having a plan is key. Always. Without a plan, you’re not necessarily going to fail, but you’re not giving yourself the best chance of success. Even if the plan seems to fall completely apart, it’s likely that you’re better off than you would have been without a plan at all! It’s also important that you don’t beat yourself up: just go with the flow once the plan is set up. 

Here are a few things about my situation:

  • I’m a stay-at-home mom. 
  • I love to cook. And we eat mostly clean.
  • I have a 2.5 year old boy who will want to eat my snacks too!
  • My husband only works 4 days a week, so the 3 days he’s home will be a little easier.
  • I eat. A lot. At least 3 meals a day, plus 1-2 snacks. That will probably increase when I’m nursing at first.
  • I don’t drink nearly enough water.

I considered all these things when coming up with snack ideas and how to present and prepare them for myself (and for Alexander).

For nursing snacks, here are important things to consider! The snacks should be

  • easy to eat with one hand (or with a utensil).
  • tasty/edible/safe to eat at room temperature or cold.
  • pretty tidy — nothing super sticky or crumbly.
  • easy to prepare ahead of time, if possible.
  • healthy and filling, as much as possible. 

With Alexander, I nursed on cue. I plan to do the same with this baby. That could be every hour some days, and it could be every 4+ hours other days. Since I plan to eat a good breakfast and a decent lunch every day, I won’t always need a snack. (I will, however, need to drink water at the very least, while I’m nursing.)


MY PLAN

I’m using a Planet Box lunchbox. (You can buy one HERE.) It has 5 compartments: 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 very small. Basically, I tried figuring out what might fit into each compartment! And I wanted to include some protein, some carbs, something sweet. I didn’t want all sweet or all savory. 

The Snacks

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • nuts and nut butters
  • quick guacamole (just avocado mashed with lemon and salt)
  • string cheese (or those little mini rounds of cheese)
  • cooked bacon
  • sausage cut in half
  • goldfish
  • cooked meatballs
  • pretzel sticks
  • pita chips with hummus
  • blueberries with pomegranate seeds 
  • apple slices (soaked in lemon juice to maintain color) 
  • banana
  • granola/Lara bars
  • applesauce
  • animal crackers
  • dates
  • mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
  • grapes
  • chocolate chips
  • plain yogurt mixed with honey
  • lactation cookies

The Boxes

Here are some of the combinations I came up with, using this box:

empty planetbox

Snack Ideas for the Nursing Mom

Idea #1:

  1. hard boiled egg
  2. grapes (if you’re sharing with your kiddo, be sure these are cut lengthwise)
  3. chocolate chips
  4. mashed avocado with pretzels
  5. apples with almond butter

Snack Ideas for the Nursing Mom

Idea #2:

  1. mixed nuts
  2. graham crackers
  3. goldfish
  4. dates
  5. banana

Snack Ideas for the Nursing Mom

Idea #3:

  1. yogurt mixed with honey
  2. avocado with egg
  3. chocolate chips
  4. berries
  5. Lara bar

(No picture for 4 and 5! I don’t have all the snacks just yet.)

Idea #4:

  1. hummus
  2. mixed berries
  3. chocolate chips
  4. mixed nuts
  5. pita chips

Idea #5:

  1. animal crackers
  2. meatballs
  3. two dates
  4. applesauce
  5. pretzel sticks and peanut butter

The Process

At the beginning of each week, I’ll prepare a few things:

  • boil some eggs
  • cook bacon
  • mash avocado with lemon and salt

Each night, I’ll prepare my Planet Box. Each night, I’ll also prepare Alexander’s snacks. That will be a banana, a homemade pouch of applesauce, a scoop of almond or peanut butter with a handful of crackers or pretzel sticks, and some rinsed blueberries in a small container. Additionally, I’ll make sure I have a bottle of water ready for myself and a glass of water for Alexander.

One More Thing

Actually nursing may be interesting. Alexander will certainly experience a bit of jealousy. I want to have some books near me at all times so that

nursing the baby = snack time = reading time for Alexander

I’ve heard that can work for some toddlers, so that is my current plan.

And as I said already, if nothing goes “right”, that’s okay! We will all survive this short period. It may take a few weeks (or months) to get totally adjusted. But these nursing snack ideas will last me for a long time! And I do hope that you’ll gain a few ideas too, regardless of how long you’ve been nursing.

Nurse on, mamas. And wish me luck. 

  • Heather Weber

    Great post!! I will definitely be making some of these snack when our little girl arrives in June! Our little boy will be 21 months so it will be an interesting adventure for sure!! :) Good luck with your 2nd BFing journey!! <3

    • blwideas

      Good luck Heather!