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  • 7 Healthy But Yummy Snacks Pinay Moms Love to Eat While Breastfeeding

    Some treats are too good that moms refuse to share!
    by Kitty Elicay .
7 Healthy But Yummy Snacks Pinay Moms Love to Eat While Breastfeeding
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  • Moms who choose to breastfeed know it is equal parts fulfilling and difficult —  and it will also make you really hungry. Nursing your baby burns a lot of calories — around 300 to 500 calories per day producing milk. So, it’s important to eat throughout the day, including breastfeeding snacks, not only to keep your strength up but to replenish the nutrients you lose in making milk for your little one.

    7 breastfeeding snacks Pinay moms love

    Breastfeeding moms can eat anything and everything they want but eating healthily and in moderation should also be considered. To help give you an idea of what moms crave while breastfeeding, we asked members from our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village to share the best breastfeeding snacks they love munching on.

    Granola

    Moms Lala Tellano-Viray and Kat Samuya-Alipon enjoy their granola with milk. It’s a healthy — not to mention delicious — treat that you can enjoy wherever you are. Try granola bars with almond, which is known as a galactagogue or food with lactation-promoting properties.

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    Yogurt

    Mom Anne Fausto loves her yogurt drink, while May Anne Asencio-Imlan enjoys her yogurt with fruits. This breastfeeding snack is high in protein which can help curb hunger and it can help you meet the required 1,000 mg of calcium nursing moms need per day.

    Oatmeal

    Moms in the Village enjoy eating oatmeal alone, with fruits, or as cookies. Oatmeal is a whole grain and a complex carbohydrate — it can help you feel full longer, plus it’s a good source of B vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

    Bread

    Bread is another whole grain that moms can enjoy while breastfeeding. “Kahit anong bread available sa bahay basta may palaman, talo-talo na kahit ano meron,” shares mom Map Sotlucse.

    Our Smart Parenting Village moms love to make sandwiches with spreads like tuna, cream cheese, or peanut butter. You can even eat a spoonful of peanut butter for a quick energy boost. It contains healthy fats that can also aid in milk production.

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    Biscuit

    Skyflakes, Fita, and Tiger biscuits are just some of the breastfeeding snacks our moms enjoy. Or try this panalo combination by mom Ariane Gonzales: oats and sunflower biscuit!

    Lactation cookies and treats

    If you have the budget, you can also try lactation goodies that our Village moms enjoy. They’re made with lactogenic ingredients that are said to boost milk production, plus they can be quite yummy, too!

    Mom Astraea Lozano makes her own lactation balls, while Anna Gafud recommends Mom’s Basket lactation cookies and Mama Chows Lactation ensaymada. “Masarap na, effective pa,” she says. Jowna Cabalar likes Milking Bombs while mom Marianne Erezo can’t get enough of Mother Nurture coffee.

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    Fruits

    Of course, the healthiest breastfeeding snack you can indulge in is fruits! Mom Angel Aihara loves apples, bananas, and avocados. “Dahil healthy for the heart, helps with digestion, and may potassium,” she says.

    L.A.T.C.H. peer counselor Mec Camitan Arevalo suggests taking advantage of fruits in season. Typically, a breastfeeding mom needs three to four servings of dark green and yellow vegetables and fruits in a day.

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    While nursing moms need to eat healthy for their sake and their baby’s, there’s also nothing wrong with giving in to cravings from time to time. In fact, our Village moms love to eat ice cream, doughnuts, chocolates, and Milo, too! Two moms also love to treat themselves with pulvoron and there is no room for sharing, LOL! “Naiinis at nagagalit ako kapag may nawawala [sa box]. Binibilang ko kasi tira para sure na hindi mawawala,” says mom Ruby Jandog.

    “Some cheat foods are okay basta in moderation,” reminds mom Lala. “It makes me happy, therefore [it triggers] happy hormones!”

    Remember: a happy mom makes a happy baby, so go eat those breastfeeding snacks, momma!

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