As a new Mum, breakfast is super important. Wading through the lack of sleep, breastfeeding, nappy changing and recovering body is hard. So it is worth taking some time to make sure you are looking after yourself.
Having a great breakfast will help your through the newborn phase. Breakfast will provide you with energy despite the many newborn wake-ups, and focusing on high protein and fat will help with birth recovery. Also, breakfast is especially important if you are breastfeeding.
Lots of breastfeeding new Mums comment that every time they sit down to feed, they feel instant thirst and hunger. It makes complete sense. Firstly, because extra nutrients and water is needed for milk production, but also because when you sit to feed, you probably have a moment to actually think about your own needs whilst you feed the baby, and therefore the time to realise you haven’t eaten enough.
So here are my fave ideas for an easy, healthy breakfast to support new Mums.
Avo on toast
Yeah you may laugh. The old avo on toast can get quite a bad wrap, especially when it comes to price at a restaurant. But avocado is high in protein and good fat. It will keep you full for longer too. So grab an avo and mash or slice it on a couple of pieces of toast. Add some salt and pepper, mayo too if you like, and enjoy!
Eggs are a super versatile option, and quick to prep. Boiled, fried, scrambled are all good options. You could add a hit of veggies, by going for an omelette. Make the omelette simple by adding some grated cheese, half cherry tomatoes and a handful of baby spinach. Bugger all prep but lots of flavour. And pretty nutrient dense too!
Porridge is great for filling you up. All that fibre will also help keep you regular. For those avoiding dairy whilst feeding (remember 1 in 10 infants have an allergy or intolerance to cow’s milk protein), use an alternative milk such as almond to make it. Instead of sugar, try honey or maple syrup as a sweetener. I even give you permission to buy the quick stuff. If anyone deserves the convenience, it’s a new mumma!
As an alternative, try a chia pudding recipe instead. They are delicious, nutritious and very easy to make too!
Mornings are busy, and new Mums are often so tired. But making sure to feed your body as well as your new baby is very important. Hope these simple ideas give you inspiration, and remind you that breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated.