This post contains affiliate links that help support the work of this site at no additional cost to our readers. Thank you!
It is incredibly important for breastfeeding mothers to nourish themselves properly. The overwhelm of having a new baby can often send new mothers into the rut of easy, and often unhealthy, grab-and-go meals and snacks. Sleep deprivation makes meal planning seem impossible, and trips to the grocery store are often a chore in those early days.
However, without proper nutrition, the mother may not pass along all the nutrients and fats that a new baby needs. In addition, the mother herself may not stay in optimal health as her body robs itself of stored nutrients, minerals, fats, and the like to ensure that the baby is well nourished.
I have created a list of 40 easy to prepare (and freeze, if desired) meals that will not only nourish the new mother, but also ensure that her breastmilk is loaded with everything baby needs. These meals can be prepared by the mother, her family, and friends. They are all whole food based – no packaged products here – and can be easily adapted for food allergies.
This list is certainly not limited to breastfeeding mothers! ALL new mothers need support and assistance in caring for themselves while they recover from pregnancy and childbirth. If you are a new or expecting mother, why not print this list of links off and give it to your friends? Ask them to help you through the transition period by doubling the recipe one night. Your friends can enjoy a new recipe and you will have a healthy meal to reheat!
- Arugla, Bacon and Cheddar Quiche with Coconut Flour Crust from Loving Our Guts
- Baked Fish Sticks from Cooking Traditional Foods
- Bacon Taters from Retro Mama Vintage Wife
- Black Bean Lentil and Portabella Stew (Vegetarian) from They Are All of Me
- Black Bean Veggie Burgers from Pickle Me Too
- Brazilian Chicken Curry from Retro Mama Vintage Wife
- Breakfast Patties from Lisa’s Counter Culture
- Chicken Thighs With Olives and Apricots from Natural Parents Network
- Cilantro Lime Noodles with Shrimp and Snow Peas from Let’s Take The Metro
- Classic Chicken and Vegetable Soup from Delicious Obsessions
- Cottage Pie Recipe from Delicious Obsessions
- Creamy Mushroom Soup from Pickle Me Too
- Double or Triple Duty Pot Roast from Lisa’s Counter Culture
- Easy Chicken Nuggets from Whole New Mom
- Garlic Potato Healing Soup from Retro Mama Vintage Wife
- Grain Free Corn Free Tamales from Gaps Diet Journey
- Grass Fed Pot Roast with Apple Juice, Honey, and Herbs from Recipes to Nourish
- Green Pepper Chicken from Food and Laughter
- Hearty Beef Stew from Anktangle
- Homemade Honey Baked Ham from Divine Health
- Homemade Macaroni with Sharp Cheese and Tomatoes from Farmer’s Daughter
- Homemade Orange Chicken (Gluten and Wheat Free) from Delicious Obsessions
- Homemade Veggie Black Bean Burgers With Spicy Chipotle Sauce from Earth Mamas World
- Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs from Cooking Traditional Foods
- Lentil Sloppy Joes from Cooking Traditional Foods
- Meatza from Divine Health
- Mom’s Meatloaf from Anktangle
- Mom’s Salmon Patties from Gaps Diet Journey
- Quinoa Chili from Code Name Mama
- Pad Thai (Grain Free, Soy Free, and GAPS Friendly) from Gaps Diet Journey
- Pakistani Kima (Beef Curry w/ vegan option) from Whole New Mom
- Roasted Chicken, Noodle, and Vegetable Soup from Farmer’s Daughter
- Rustic Summer Squash Frittata from Recipes to Nourish
- Salmon in an Orange Honey Glaze with Cauliflower Rice from Divine Health
- Southwestern Meatloaf from Pickle Me Too
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole from Hybrid Rasta Mama and a second version from Anktangle
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos from Hybrid Rasta Mama
- White Bean, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Soup from More Milk Naturally
- Whole Wheat Cheese Raviolis with Apricot Squash Dressing from They Are All of Me
- Yummy Cheeseburger Soup from Loving Our Guts
Jennifer blogs about conscious parenting practices, mindful living, holistic health and wellness, natural healing as well as Waldorf based parenting approaches at Hybrid Rasta Mama.