All new moms need healthy and delicious snacks after having a baby! Grab our list of more than 100 protein packed postpartum snacks!
Congratulations!!!! If you are reading this, you likely just had a baby. You are now going to be hungry non-stop. Think you were hungry when you were pregnant!? Wrong.
There is nothing like newly postpartum mom hunger. I understand why some mother mammals eat their young. THEY’RE FREAKING HUNGRY. Give them a bit more to eat!
As a new mom, you also don’t feel like cooking anything. This means you need quick, simple, healthy, delicious. We’ve complied a list of great postpartum snacks for anyone.
If you happen to be here and you are not a new mom, you are likely looking for something that you can put together for them. Kuddos! You’ll definitely want to save this list and over the next 6 months to a year, any time you see this mama, take her a snack.
Why Does a New Mom Need Healthy snacks?
Umm, she just gave birth to a whole human being. That took a lot of energy! In all seriousness, birthing a baby vaginally or by Cesarean is a lot of work. For the last nine months, mama has had all her organs pushed and shoved, grown new organs, and then expelled all of them for the sake of a tiny little being that is now going to keep her up for hours and hours every night.
It’s exhausting giving birth AND having a newborn. Her body is going to expend a lot of energy getting her body’s organs back into place and realigning other bodily functions. This takes a minimum of six to eight weeks to happen, but often even longer.
Now, if the mama is breastfeeding, she’s going to need even more. She’s physically producing milk which is burning a ton of calories. In order to continue to make milk, she needs breastfeeding snacks that are healthy for her.
How Many Healthy Snacks Does a New Mom Need?
Overall, a new mom needs between 1800 and 2200 calories a day. Because moms are always on the go, some of these could be in snack form, like the protein energy bites or avocado toast listed below. If a new mom is breastfeeding, she’ll need to increase her calories by another 500-800 a day. Also, if cleared for working out or tandem nursing (either twins or an older children), she’ll need even more. It’s best to talk to a lactation specialist if breastfeeding or other care physician, like a dietician to get a correct number of caloric intake for each specific person.
What are the best healthy snacks for a new mom?
We’ve rounded up 100+ Protein Packed Postpartum Snacks that are amazing and just what you need as you transition into this new time in your life. Whether this is baby #1 or #6, you still have to eat. Most of these recipes are easy to make or no bake, but there are a few that requires baking. Make sure you have someone else make those ones for you!
Side note: whether you are breastfeeding or not, these are all great snacks for postpartum mothers. Your body needs fuel to recover and heal and you need to make sure you are getting proper nutrition so you have the energy to keep going.
Best of luck on this amazing journey of motherhood!
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This post was originally publish on 3/21/2017. Updated on 10/10/2018 and reupdated on 3/19/2019.