Hi all --
Breastfeeding my large 17mo son. and I am hungry all. the. time. Does anyone have any advise on getting my hunger under control? I try to eat 5 small meals a day but end up snacking frequently.
What do you eat?
From my experience, fatty foods help a lot to feel satiated after a meal. I eat a lot of oily fish, meat, eggs, and use coconut oil to cook. I eat 2 big meals a day, and snack a few times. I learned not to restrict food and just eat until I feel comfortably full. It works for us, my 15 month old nursling is still mostly on breastmilk and thriving, and I'm not hungry all the time.
i agree with the pp that eating more fat will help. also make sure that you have cut out sugar - sugar causes cravings when you aren't actually hungry. if you are hungry you should eat, it's your body's way of telling you that you need nutrients - especially if you are nursing a big kid
just try to make sure that you are getting enough fat, and that what you are eating is as nutrient dense as possible.
i am nursing my little big guy still, and i eat a TON of food. i definitely feel full longer when i have a high fat, high protein meal....so, for example i eat 3 eggs and 3 slices of bacon for breakfast, which will usually last me until lunch. If I need a snack, it will usually be an avocado or coconut milk yogurt. for lunch, it's usually left over stew or a sandwich made with nut flour bread or something like a pepper or zuchinni in place of bread, with fruit or veggies dipped in nut butter. or sausage and sauerkraut with potato. for dinner we usually have a soup or a stew or pan seared meat and veggies with a gravy made with my home made chicken stock. i do snack in between meals too, usually fruit and/or nuts. guacamole is another good one, or a green or other colored smoothie with an egg yolk and coconut oil..sometimes a LaraBar...and sometimes i make a pie for dessert and snack on the leftovers during the day.....now i'm getting hungry again!
anyway, point is that if you need to eat, then eat!
Thank you for posting this! I am marathon nursing a gigantic (off the charts), awesome, sick 17 mo. kiddo today. Love the advice, BabySmurf! For some reason, I was really pro-active about healthy snacking choices early on, but have fallen into a carby/sugary trap lately. You inspired me to dig out my old fav snack, organic baby carrots w/ organic pb (and LOADS of water!!!).
I agree about incorporating lots of fats (I find it cuts the sugar cravings, too). Olives, raw cheese, nuts, olive oil, avocado - YUM!!