TASTY FOODS WITHOUT CAFFEINE WILL HELP YOU COMBAT FATIGUE DURING BREASTFEEDING
Nights are short when there's a new-born. And days are exciting. And when friends who don’t have children ask what you do all day ... Gggrrr ... they really put you in a bad mood. There is one constant thing in your days: fatigue. Since you can only consume moderate doses of coffee, here’s a list of foods that help fight fatigue during breastfeeding.
Are you falling apart? Dark circles under your eyes? You need more rest ... and more vitamins. Because vitamins can be a real energy boost. Since during breastfeeding you lose more fluids than usual, we have some advice that is doubly good: get some vitamins while you drink. Fresh citrus juices (vitamin C) are great and you’ll find a huge assortment at your nearest Lidl store. Green vegetables contain lots of vitamin K and D: the queens of breastfeeding.
Here's our favourite smoothie:
The classic "green smoothie"
- 1 handful of spinach leaves
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1/2 avocado
- Orange juice (or apple juice)
- Ginger to taste, even with the peel
- 200 ml water
The tasty "green-yellow smoothie"
- 3-4 chard leaves
- 1/2 mango
- 1 banana
- 1 passion fruit or passion fruit juice
- 150 ml of water
Naturally invigorating substances: ginger juice and spicy foods to stimulate circulation
In addition to vitamins, there are also many naturally invigorating substances that are free from caffeine. Sometimes it happens that you feel more tired when your body is not getting enough fluids. So it’s important to drink lots of water, mineral water or herbal teas. Lidl offers all kinds of teas for all kinds of tastes.
Regardless of whether you are pregnant, are breast-feeding or neither one, it is ideal to drink a glass of boiled hot water. In so doing, you stimulate organs and reactivate circulation. Once you get used to this little shock, you'll see that it has a mild and really good flavour. Really. Try it yourself!
For those who prefer a stronger flavour, we highly recommend ginger juice. Ginger has been an invaluable friend since pregnancy. And it doesn’t change during breast feeding. Ginger is rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium and vitamin C. But not only: it seems that Ginger has positive effects on the production of breast milk and reduces flatulence in the baby. Luckily at Lidl there is also ginger!
The spicy taste of ginger reactivates the metabolism and circulation. You can prepare homemade ginger tea, mix it in a smoothie or buy ginger juice ready to drink. In any form you consume it, it remains a powerful weapon for health.
There are also other spicy foods you can eat while breastfeeding. The body's reaction to hot peppers is immediate and will give you a lift. There are several forums where its effects on the baby are discussed. Give it a try. You’ll soon see if your baby has a particular reaction and next time you'll avoid peppers.
Other tips against fatigue during breastfeeding: sleep, relax, forget about being perfect
Ha! Ha! We're serious, and we’ll repeat it once again: the house doesn’t need to be straightened up to perfection when your mother-in-law is knocking at the door (on the contrary: wouldn’t she really like to help you?). And you don't have to do laundry as soon as the baby falls asleep. Grocery shopping every day? Absolutely not.
A better strategy? Lie down on the bed with the baby during lunchtime. And leave other tasks for the father such as tiding up and shopping. Or the grandparents.