24 Nourishing and Quick Snacks to Eat While Breastfeeding

If you thought pregnancy hunger was intense, the pangs you’ll feel while breastfeeding is no comparison. We’ve rounded up easy ideas for snacks to eat while breastfeeding to help keep your hunger at bay.

Staying nourished and hydrated while nursing is essential to help encourage postpartum recovery, maintain your milk supply, and keep your energy up. That’s why having a go-to list of nutrient-dense, healthy, and – most importantly – easy breastfeeding snacks is critical.

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Breastfeeding nutrition basics

Some essential factors to consider when eating for breastfeeding include calorie intake, nutrients required, etc.

Get familiar with breastfeeding nutrition requirements for new moms and know that you should add about 200-500 extra calories per day to support milk production. That’s about one or two nutrient-dense snacks.

To keep stay feeling nourished and full, make sure that every snack you eat contains:

  • Healthy fats (avocado, nut butter, ground flax seed, nuts, dairy, chia seeds, etc.)
  • High-quality protein (turkey, dairy, hummus, nut butter, eggs, etc.)
  • Complex carbohydrates (oats, whole-grain bread, beans, fruit, etc.)

Snacks to eat while breastfeeding

All snacks you’ll find on the below list are easy to make (or buy!) and will help keep you feeling fueled as you nurse your baby.

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Pro tip: order packaged, shelf-stable snacks before baby comes, so you are fully stocked and prepared after birth. You can also use many of these snacks for pregnancy and early labor!

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One-handed breastfeeding snacks

1. Turkey and cheese wrap

A slice of deli turkey wrapped around a piece of cheese (or two) – simple and delicious.

2. A low-sugar protein bar

We find ourselves grabbing for brands like RX Bar, Boobie Bar, or Mama Bar.

3. Lactation energy bites

These bites, balls, or cookies can be made at home with a few simple ingredients or using a pre-made lactation cookie mix like this one from Majka.

4. Avocado toast topped with ground flax

We love hearty bread such as Ezekiel topped with avocado and ground flax seeds for an extra boost of healthy fats, protein, and fiber.

5. Hummus and cucumber tortilla wrap

Take a high-quality wrap (think Lavash) and smear with hummus and a few slices of cucumber. Add a little salt and pepper, too!

6. Protein shake or smoothie

Many proteins on the market are filled with filler ingredients. We love Kos – specifically the chocolate peanut butter flavor – on its own in water or blended into a smoothie with spinach and banana.

Homemade breastfeeding snacks

7. Dark chocolate nut butter balls

These are easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have. Check out one of our favorite recipes for chocolate nut butter balls.

8. Chia seed pudding

Take 1/4 cup coconut milk, water, or dairy-free milk and mix in one tablespoon of chia seeds. Shake well and let it sit overnight—top with fruit, nuts, or granola and a drizzle of maple syrup.

9. Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola

The key with this breastfeeding snack is to ensure you’re eating full-fat, no sugar added Greek yogurt, and top with your fruit of choice. Many “fruit-inside” yogurts contain extra unnecessary sugars.

10. Hummus and turkey toast

Take a dollop of hummus and smear it on Ezekiel bread, then top with a slice or two of deli turkey. This snack packs the protein needed for breastfeeding.

11. Oatmeal with peanut butter

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! Take simple rolled oats (great for lactation) and make delicious oatmeal by adding vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, peanut butter, and fresh bananas.

12. Hard-boiled eggs

Did you know that egg yolks contain at least seven essential nutrients, including iron and calcium? Yup! Plus, they’re so quick and easy to make.

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Storebought breastfeeding snack ideas

13. Purely Elizabeth oatmeal cups

These superfood oatmeal cups are quick, easy, and packed with high-quality ingredients to support breastfeeding.

14. Boobie Bar snack bars

Great for when you need a quick snack and want to support your milk supply, Boobie Bars can help you feel nourished and less hangry than before.

15. Aloha protein shakes

If you’re on the go or it’s the middle of the night, Aloha protein shakes are a great option when you need a little extra something to feel nourished.

16. Daily Harvest bites

These nutrient-dense bites are delicious and filling. Plus, you can get them delivered to your door, thanks to Daily Harvest – our top company pick for postpartum meal delivery.

Read next: The Best Postpartum Meal Delivery Services

17. Frozen protein waffles

Move over, Eggo. Thanks to brands like Birch Benders and Kodiak, you can now get protein-packed waffles straight from the freezer. Layer with nut butter and bananas for a perfect quick snack.

18. Majka lactation bites

Do you love the idea of lactation bites but don’t want to make them yourself? Majka makes them for you with their pre-made No-Bake Lactation Cookies.

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Nighttime snacks while breastfeeding

19. Cottage cheese and berries

Like Greek yogurt, make sure to opt for the full-fat variety to ensure you’re getting the most nutrients and flavor. We love Good Culture cottage cheese.

20. Greek yogurt and nut butter

This fat-packed snack is perfect for middle-of-night snacking to help encourage your body to go back to sleep once the baby is finished nursing.

21. String cheese with pretzels

Quick, easy, and can be eaten with one hand when you’re exhausted and limited on energy.

22. Banana with peanut butter

A quick boost of carbohydrates paired with peanut butter will help you stay awake and hopefully fall back asleep. Make sure to buy peanut butter with only peanuts listed on the ingredients like this brand.

23. Superfat nut butter packet

Packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, these Superfat packets are perfect for the hungry breastfeeding mom. It’s also easy to eat with one hand, too!

24. Rice cakes with hummus or avocado

While it’s not the most exciting, you can get a quick dose of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates with this breastfeeding snack in the middle of the night.

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