Believe it or not, foods high in protein contain a hunger-fighting hormone that will fill you up more than carbs do. Also, foods such as fish, beef and eggs are high in iron and vitamin B12, which are known to increase energy levels.
The physical trauma caused by giving birth can lead to internal inflammation. You can help control this by eating anti-inflammatory foods such as blueberries and dark leafy greens.
- Vitamin A & C: Both are lost during breastfeeding so you should try to eat some spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes to get vitamin A and red peppers, oranges, and broccoli for vitamin C.
- Vitamin D: This will keep your bones strong allowing you to enjoy a more successful workout. Eat fortified milk, eggs, and mushrooms.
Although there is some controversy as to how much calcium breastfeeding women should take, experts say it’s safe to consume the recommended daily amount for women. Calcium-rich foods include figs, beans, peas and leafy greens.