The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I often find myself celebrating the birth of the nation with family, friends, and a feast meant for kings. If kings barbecued that is. In my opinion, everything (especially pineapple) tastes better on the grill. If you're breastfeeding your baby this summer, however, you may be wondering how to build a 4th of July BBQ plate to increase milk supply.
When you're nursing, the things you eat play an important part in the quantity and quality of milk you produce for your baby. According to WebMD, mothers who breastfeed exclusively should add 300 to 500 calories to their diet to maintain a healthy milk supply. But that doesn't mean that you should take that as a reason to load up on donuts and ice cream. The best nursing diet is rich in fresh fruits, veggies, and grains, WebMD added.
So how do you navigate the picnic table when you have to think about maintaining your milk supply? Spinach, garlic, oats, and salmon are just a few of the tried and true options for foods that will help maintain a mom's energy and give her the nutrients she needs to produce the milk her baby needs.