Protein powder can help promote healing, nourishment and lactation after delivery. High-quality protein powders are full of nutrients, herbs, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that help new mommies increase:
- increase milk supply
- nourish their body for healing
- get adequate amounts of protein
- consume more healing antioxidants
- eat a healthier diet
- reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings
Is protein powder safe to consume after delivery?
Protein powder is definitely safe to drink after delivery, and is a much better choice than many of the meals/foods the hospital cafeteria offers. Protein powder offers an easy way to absorb many nutrients, vitamins and minerals at once, which your body needs for replenishment after pregnancy.
Benefits of Protein Powder After Delivery:
- Helps with tissue growth and healing
- Helps with brain development in baby
- Helps with muscle retention postpartum
- Builds skin, hair, nails and other cells
- Controls appetite
- Faster weight loss after pregnancy
Eating 65-75 grams of protein can help you stay full, heal faster postpartum and lose some of the extra weight from pregnancy. Our protein powder offers the essential amino acids required for the building blocks of postpartum healing, recovery and health. Without enough protein, your body has a difficult time repairing tissues, providing protein to baby through breast milk, and staying full from meals.
What happens when you don’t eat enough protein after delivery?
Not eating enough protein after delivery can cause some undernourishment in both baby and mama. Baby needs protein for brain development and nourishment through breast milk, and postpartum moms need protein to repair and heal after birth. Protein plays a vital role in healing skin and wounds both for c-section and vaginal births. Here are some side effects that are noticeable without enough protein after birth:
- low energy
- increased hunger
- lower mood
- difficulty sleeping
- slower healing postpartum
- lower milk supply
By eating enough protein after delivery, you are giving your body an essential macro nutrient to thrive postpartum.
What is the best protein shake to drink postpartum?
The wonderful thing about protein powder, is there are so many delicious recipes you can make for after delivery smoothies! We have a great recipe book, that goes over some awesome protein shakes you can make with our protein powder, Milk Dust, and here is our favorite after-delivery protein smoothie:
Postpartum Protein Shake For After-Delivery:
Postpartum Protein Shake For After-Delivery
- 1 scoop Milk Dust
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1.5 cups cashew milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tbsp dairy-free yogurt or yogurt of choice (optional topping)
- Blend all ingredients together at once
How Much Protein Do You Need While Breastfeeding?
As we mentioned earlier, around 65-75 grams of protein is a great benchmark for breastfeeding mamas to set. Protein needs are very different depending on your weight, height, activity level, lean muscle mass and metabolism. Because of these factors, the general idea is to eat between 65-75 grams of protein while breastfeeding.
What does 65-75 grams a day look like? Here’s a sample meal plan to meat your protein requirements while breastfeeding!
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie for Postpartum Recovery 23 grams:
- 1 scoop Milk Dust
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
Lunch: Spinach Salad With 2 Hard-boiled Eggs, Goat Cheese, 1/2 Apple 16 grams:
- 4 cups of spinach
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 3 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 apple chopped
- Drizzle favorite dressing
Snack: Clean Deli Turkey 2 servings With Two String Cheeses approx 15 grams
Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken 1 serving with Cauliflower Mash or Rice approx 20 grams
- Cauliflower Mash: Boil cauliflower until soft. Slowly mash with small amounts of preferred milk and season with garlic salt. Quick and easy!
- Grab a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store because you are a mommy of a new baby, and that is the way to go!
Dessert: Try mixing some greek yogurt with 1/4 scoop of Milk Dust, or blend 1/2 avocado with 1/2 scoop of Milk Dust to make a yummy dessert protein pudding!
Protein powder offers so many amazing benefits after delivery, and our protein shakes are quick, easy and delicious to whip up for fast nutrition. Make sure to grab your first order with code: LACTATION to get 10% off!