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September 20th, 2008, 03:09 PM
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I notice a real difference in my supply when I don't eat/drink enough. I have to force feed myself at times (or Dh does, lol)

Are there any foods/drinks that you reccommend that are high in calories or other good things for BFing? MIL told DH to get me O'douls (non-alcoholic beer) because of the yeast and high calories. ???

PS- I feel like my supply is fine as long as I eat a "normal" amount, but I want to make sure that I always have enough, kwim?
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September 20th, 2008, 07:48 PM
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You def. need to make sure you are drinking enough..lotsa water will help. Eat oatmeal--that will boost your supply..and yes beer helps my supply because of the yeast.

Good luck =)
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September 20th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Foods like chili and split pea soup have a large amount of protein, so those are good. Adding in something like a carnation instant breakfast or some energy bars throughout the day are a couple of quick, easy ways to up your caloric intake. And decaf iced tea is great for when you get sick of water.

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September 20th, 2008, 09:32 PM
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Eating to hunger is the best thing you can do. If you feel your supply is fine when you eat normally, then there's no need to adjust your diet. Just be sure you are eating when you are hungry. If you are the type that gets too busy to eat or just doesn't feel hungry often, then remind yourself to eat small snacks through the day. Keep things in the house you like that are easy and handy. I love trail mix or granola bars (chocolate ones ) I used to keep snacks by the bed, so I could eat them while nursing at night, along with a water bottle. I still carry a bottle or glass of water around the house with me at all times, so I keep hydrated. As a new mom, it can be hard to remember to take care of ourselves, but remember how important it is to keep yourself healthy!
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September 20th, 2008, 09:59 PM
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I was and still am that way Bre....I like to eat Oatmeal in the am and have those Nature Valley Oat bars during the day. I think the Oats help my supply and It's a good Energy bar.....
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September 21st, 2008, 07:01 AM
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I believe you need at least 1800 calories a day. As long as you are getting that you may be fine.

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September 21st, 2008, 03:33 PM
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I hate oatmeal Maybe I'll try to find some oatmeal-like bars. I have a hard time remembering to eat and don't feel hungry that often, so I need to make sure that what I do eat is high in calories and good for my supply. I've even been resorting to fast food because it's better than nothing, and my baby likes to fall alseep in the car so I have time to eat

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September 21st, 2008, 04:11 PM
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I used to drink Ensure. I loose my appetite easy & can forget to eat fairly easily when over-stressed. I also had oatmeal cookies instea of patmeal & tried to keep really handy snacks within reach, like granola bars & bottled water, oatmeal cookies, etc. I truly think Ensure is a great idea if you are worried about calories though & getting enough of a balanced diet.

If you are a health nut then Ensure may not be the best choice - ti does have a few things like corn syrup. Here are the ingredients:
Water, sugar (sucrose), corn syrup, maltodextrin (corn), calcium caseinate, high-oleic safflower oil, canola oil, soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, corn oil, calcium phosphate tribasic, potassium citrate, magnesium phosphate dibasic, natural and artificial flavor, soy lecithin, sodium citrate, magnesium chloride, salt (sodium chloride), carrageenan, choline chloride, potassium chloride, ascorbic acid, ferrous sulfate, alpha-tocopheryl acetate, zinc sulfate, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, cupric sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, thiamine chloride hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, sodium molybdate, sodium selenate, potassium iodide, phylloquinone, vitamin D3 and cyanocobalamin.[/b]
But I swear it helped me immensely in those early weeks & months to feel like I could relax about whether I was getting enough nutrition & calories.

Oh & I also ate a lot of Total cereal - even dry - because I knew it at least had vitamins & minerals & once a friend even made me total treats - like rice crispies, but more like blobs - LOL. They were good!
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September 21st, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Thanks! I actually ate a bowl of Total almost every day of my pregnancy. It was an obsession. I would buy 4 boxes at a time! haha.

Now that I've had my baby, the craving has passed a bit, but I have a bowl every few days.

My mom just ran to the store for me and got me O'douls and some Nature Valley Yogurt bars. Those should be easy snacks.
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