Postpartum Nutrition Q&A with Registered Dietitian (and Mom!) Lisa Mastela, MPH, RD
Registered Dietitian and Bumpin Blends founder, Lisa Mastela, answers your postpartum nutrition questions.
1. In the first few weeks after delivery, what do you recommend for recovery nutrition?
As a new mom, multitasking is essential, even when it comes to your food. This is why I recommend having certain foods that can support both healing and boosting milk supply, like oatmeal, nuts, chickpeas, salmon, and water. Ample water intake really is crucial, so be sure to keep a water bottle handy!
2. What tips do you have for new moms to stay nourished throughout the day?
Make it easy and convenient. Lactation cookies make the perfect quick and easy snack, and will support healing and milk supply at the same time. Your meals and snacks don’t have to be complicated or take a long time. I’d also recommend readily accepting help to stay nourished, like meal trains, packaged snacks, or delivery services.
3. What is your go-to recipe for postpartum nutrition?
Well my lactation cookie recipe is a family secret but another recipe that’s fun and easy to make at home (especially if you have other kiddos!) is no-bake energy bites. They’re a quick and simple way to get in some nut butter, oats, seeds, and protein in. To give milk supply an extra boost, you can add brewer’s yeast to them too.
4. What tips do you have for breastfeeding moms?
Breastfeeding is not always easy and not always possible, so I can’t stress how important it is to be patient and gentle with yourself. Setting up a “feeding station” in your home for you to maximize comfort while breastfeeding is a fun way to make it more enjoyable and less stressful. Gather up a big water bottle, easy snacks, burp cloths, some lavender essential oil spray (add 10-20 drops of lavender to 1 oz of water for a relaxing mist), and a book or your phone (hello baby selfies!). Keep them all within arms reach of your cozy breastfeeding pillows.
5. What about allergenic foods?
The best way to introduce your baby to allergenic foods is to do so early and often. Similar to how Bumpin Blends takes the guesswork out of getting nutrients in for healing and breastfeeding, Ready, Set, Food! takes the guesswork out of allergen introduction. So, you can leave overthinking the nutrition side of things to their team of leading medical experts and have more time to spend just enjoying and bonding with your baby.
About Lisa Mastela, MPH, RD: Lisa Mastela, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian and founder of Bumpin Blends. She is also a mom to her baby daughter, Caroline Marie. Lisa’s mission is to support moms from pregnancy through motherhood with pre-blended superfood smoothie cubes and lactation cookies, so they can spend less time worrying about nutrition and more time enjoying being a mom.
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