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4. Whole Grains
You probably hear this a lot, but whole grains really are super healthy for you. After you have had yet another virtually sleepless night, one of the best foods to help energize the body as well as regulate melatonin levels is something made form whole grain. Look for fortified whole grain cereals at your health food store. Cereal is a great meal any time of the day or night. It’s wholesome, loaded with important nutrients, and quick to make.
This is the most popular of all lactogenic foodstuffs. Oatmeal is a naturally high-fiber, whole grain food that is super easy for the body to digest. It takes only minutes to make and when you add a touch of raw honey (for you, never give honey to a baby!), some blueberries, and perhaps some milk, you have a breast milk producing meal that cannot be beat. If you are suffering from postnatal constipation, oatmeal will help to solve that problem. It is also high in iron, which can prevent iron deficiency anemia, a very common problem with new mothers.
6. Leafy Greens
Your momma told you to eat your greens, and now, as a new momma yourself, you should keep up that good habit. Leafy green vegetables, such as watercress, kale, and broccoli are loaded with vitamin A, which your baby absolutely needs. They are low in calories but full of vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Leafy greens are also full of heart healthy antioxidants, so you have lots of reasons to eat plenty of them every single day. Look for ways to add them to your diet.
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