There’s no Googler quite like a new mom Googler (that’s a verb now, right?)…especially one who is breastfeeding. But with the endless questions we seem to ponder–should I stop eating broccoli? Is there enough fat in my milk?–mothers tend to let their own nutritional needs and recovery fall to the wayside. And we get it: the responsibility of nourishing a new life can be overwhelming. To understand what an optimal breastfeeding diet looks like, and why the foods we eat matter, we chatted with Majka co-founders Majo and Lorena who dished on what nursing moms should be noshing on. In their own words, “moms are superheroes. And superheroes need the right fuel.”
Does what we eat really affect the quality of our breastmilk? Diet does affect the quality and taste of your breast milk, but breast milk’s macronutrients like protein, fat, and lactose or carbs are not affected by a mother’s diet. Ans while some micronutrient levels like folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and zinc are unaffected by the mother’s diet, if a mother is not eating enough of this sources, her body will take what it needs for the baby and leave the mother depleted. This can then turn into other issues. Vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, B Vitamins, and Vitamin D and E in breastmilk are influenced by a mother’s diet and supplementation, as well as are probiotics. Trying to provide the most nourishing breastmilk for your baby is amazing, but nutrition postpartum is more about eating the right foods and supplements that will help YOUR body heal and restore after birth and will allow you to have the energy and good health you need as a new mom to meet the challenges ahead.
Trying to provide the most nourishing breastmilk for your baby is amazing, but nutrition postpartum is more about eating the right foods and supplements that will help YOUR body heal and restore after birth and will allow you to have the energy and good health you need as a new mom to meet the challenges ahead.
What are the core elements of a good breastfeeding diet? Focus on nourishing wholesome foods, and don’t restrict your diet. Eat a good amount of greens and vegetables, clean proteins, good fats and complex carbs. Try to eat a varied diet and plan ahead! It’s very difficult for a busy mom to eat healthy if she waits until she us starving to think about what she will eat. Meal prepping, meal trains, and online grocery orders are great choices that can help make better choices. Choose the right breastfeeding supplements and snacks. Our Majka Nourishing Lactation Shake allows you to prepare an amazing meal in under 5 minutes. Just mix our powder with half a banana, a handful of spinach, a tablespoon of nut butter, a tablespoon of flaxseed and your favorite nut milk. Our bites are also a wholesome snack that can help you feel satisfied until your next meal and promote a healthy supply.
If a mother is trying to lose weight, how can she modify her diet correctly without compromising her milk? We believe that positively focusing on eating foods that nourish your body is the key! When you restrict yourself that usually will affect not just your supply but your mood and your ability to recover. It’s amazing what a change in focus and a little mindfulness can do. Before eating something ask yourself, “is this nourishing me and my baby?” Focus on being happy and present and the weight will come off. We suggest not to focus on calories, but rather eating balanced meals that don’t spike your blood sugar. This will help you have sustained energy through the day and also help you lose the extra weight. An example of a simple balanced meal can be: grilled salmon, quinoa, half an avocado and greens on the side.
It’s amazing what a change in focus and a little mindfulness can do. Before eating something ask yourself, “is this nourishing me and my baby?” Focus on being happy and present and the weight will come off.
In your opinion, are there any foods that should be entirely off limits in a good breastfeeding diet? Removing alcohol and restricting caffeine are important from our perspective; however, we think you should listen to your body and your baby’s responses when breastfeeding. We would not recommend limiting your dairy or anything other food or food group unless you or your baby can’t tolerate it. Same goes for supplements like fenugreek–people have made a big movement against it, but some moms can actually really benefit from it. Listen to your body.
What are some easy snacks breastfeeding moms can lean on to get them the proper nutrition they need, quickly? Our Majka lactation bites, nut butters and celery or fruit, nuts and almonds, a quick avocado salad. We have some amazing options in this post.
Meet Majo and Lorena, Founders of Majka
Majka is dedicated to fueling motherhood through good nutrition. Majka developed healthy and convenient products that have been carefully researched and formulated with the finest ingredients. Each product was engineered to provide optimal support and fundamental nutrition for mothers.
Majo found her passion for health and nutrition through having her son. Combining her experience of advertising and public relations with her child nutritionist certification, Majo realized there was a need for a healthy baby food option that was natural, clean, and wholesome. This led her to start Mini Fresh, a baby and toddler food company that focuses on offering organic and nutritious options with healthy ingredients and well-balanced portions in every meal.
Lorena has an MBA in finance and has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She first realized her love for business and entrepreneurship while starting a real estate investment fund. She later discovered her passion for technology & the digital industry and left to pursue a career where she could combine all of her interests. Today, Lorena is the Co-Founder of two successful companies: Wela Creative Studio, a strategy and design studio and Majka, a brand focused on providing wholesome nutrition and lactation support products for new moms. She also handles her own lifestyle blog, Call Me Lore, and is mom to baby Diego.