Are you making pre-baby freezer meals? There are few things you need to know before spending all that time and energy making freezer meals for postpartum! I feel like NO one is talking about this and it’s something all new moms should know.
When I had my first baby, I was totally unprepared for postpartum. In my post Essentials for Natural Postpartum Recovery, I talk about the unexpected realities you will face after having a baby and how you can heal naturally. I did not understand what I was in for. No one talked to me about postpartum. Everything was about the baby and what I’d need for the baby.
No one mentioned I’d need to eat. Lol. I guess they figured I knew.
3 PRO tips for making freezer meals for postpartum
Making freezer meals for postpartum is a really smart thing to do! It ensures that you actually have food to eat after your homebirth, or coming home from the hospital, or birth center.
But there are a few things you should know before you make pre-baby freezer meals. I learned these all the hard way – through trial and error. But you don’t have to! Knowing these 3 things can:
- save you tons of wasted energy worrying about what to eat
- help you stress less because you have a plan
- relieve anxiety over how to feed your family while you are recovering postpartum
- and make caring for your newborn baby a little easier!
Stressing over what to eat after having baby?
We survived those first few weeks after having our first baby on takeout. But after awhile that got old and expensive. And the stress around what to eat grew and grew.
What would we eat? Who would shop and cook? How would we manage the new baby AND do all that? Yeah, we hadn’t planned for ANY of that.
During my second pregnancy, I was thinking ahead and wanted to avoid the stress around what to eat postpartum. I asked my family to bring meals for the first weeks. It seemed genius. Having a meal train definitely made it easier, except for this one little thing I didn’t expect.
The meals they brought weren’t the kind of food we normally eat. While tasty, they were loaded with ingredients that irritated my stomach and my newborn. Again, I was faced the dilemma of how to recover from childbirth AND feed my family healthy meals without going crazy.
So when adding baby #3, I was determined to be prepared for postpartum. I combined everything I learned from my earlier postpartum recoveries and put it to the test. I started from day one with foods that supported breastfeeding and promoted healing. I stocked up on these foods and it made the first weeks of postpartum soooo much easier.
My 3rd baby was easy. He was calm and always smiled after feedings. He also slept amazingly well, compared to my first 2. So then I thought, all is well, I will try adding those seemingly innocent foods back in. But, I noticed it right away in how I felt and how my baby behaved!
And I realized – postpartum doesn’t have to be so hard. You just need a little bit of knowledge and to apply it, so that you can have a much easier time.
So with that in mind, here are some tips that you can use when preparing pre-baby freezer meals.
PRO tip #1 – What you eat postpartum matters, so plan your freezer meals accordingly!
Just like during pregnancy, what you eat after having a baby will greatly affect how you feel. Eating healthy is even more important postpartum! You are recovering physically, while also providing nourishment for your baby by breastfeeding. This double strain on your body requires a lot of fuel!
Basic Breastfeeding diet tips:
- Eat a diet rich in nourishing foods such as healthy fats, fermented foods, superfoods and protein.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods to help reduce the strain on your body and facilitate recover.
- Focus on nutrient dense foods. This will ensure that you are not filling up on foods that provide very little nutrients (umm bread and muffins we are talking about you!).
- Include immune boosting foods in your diet.
- Eat at least 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day.
- Drink at least 100 oz per day while breastfeeding to keep up milk supply.
It takes a lot of nutrients to provide a constant milk supply for a growing baby! Make sure your freezer meals for postpartum contain all the best foods for breastfeeding and healing after childbirth.
PRO tip #2 – There are certain foods that can improve your milk supply (quality and quantity) and some foods that can cause it to tank.
This is something most people ignore when it comes to to making pre baby freezer meals! There are a few common herbs that can decrease milk supply and almost EVERY post I’ve come across on Pinterest and Google includes at least one recipe with these ingredients. So definitely check out the list of foods to avoid in your freezer meals so that you don’t inadvertently sabotage your milk supply.
There are also foods that can boost your milk supply. This means how much milk you produce and also the quality of the milk you produce. It’s a good idea to include as many of these lactation foods as you can into each meal to ensure quality breast milk supply.
PRO tip #3 Certain foods you eat while breastfeeding can irritate your baby’s gentle stomach and make them fussy.
This is a big one! I totally didn’t know this the first time around and suffered through horrible colic and a baby that spit up constantly. I was able to almost completely avoid colic and newborn GERD by eliminating certain foods while breastfeeding.
And I’ve read countless stories about other moms that have relieved colic, GERD and even baby eczema by changing their diet while breastfeeding.
Don’t underestimate how much this can impact your mom life postpartum. The difference between a crying, fussy baby who constantly wants to eat and never seems pleased, and a baby that coos and smiles after feeding are freaking priceless! I wouldn’t think it possible, if I hadn’t experienced it for myself by seeing this in action with 4 babies.
Make sure you avoid putting foods that can irritate your baby in your freezer meals. This seems like a no-brainer, but I see post after post all over Pinterest recommending these foods for pre-baby freezer meals with no thought to the effects on breastfeeding.
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Postpartum Freezer meals that actually support breastfeeding
So if you really get down to it, lots of the freezer meal recipes for new moms out there could sabotage your recovery and breast milk supply! They are filled with foods that could tank your milk supply or even irritate you baby.
When I had my 4th baby, I discovered the concept of freezer meals, but quickly realized that so much of the advice out there is not tailored to new moms who are health conscious and breastfeeding savvy.
So that’s why I created a freezer meal ebook with recipes specifically focused on healing your body and breastfeeding friendly foods.
I wanted these freezer meals to be:
- easy recipes that are family friendly
- healthy crockpot meals
- gluten free, dairy free and adaptable for Paleo or Keto
- real food based, but budget friendly
- good as leftovers, so that you don’t have to cook all the time
My 4th Postpartum recovery was aw-mazing. I spent way less time stressing and more time focused on resting and bonding with baby. And a big part of that was because I prepared with these pro tips in mind when making my freezer meals for postpartum.
And you can too! Get your copy of Healing Freezer Meals for Postpartum and Breastfeeding here. Your guide to starting your postpartum off right!
More Postpartum Resources
The Easy Way to Make Freezer Meals for After Baby – this post will show you how to make freezer meals without having a big prep session. This makes it so much easier to stock your freezer!
Essentials for Natural Postpartum Recovery – this will tell you what to stock up on to heal FASTER after birth
The Ultimate List of Food for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – this is list of food to stock up on in your last weeks of pregnancy to make breastfeeding easier
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