Most working moms need to resume work at about 6 months post delivery. The baby has probably just started solids but is still on breast milk. Under ideal circumstances breastfeeding should continue well into the second year which means that mom needs to continue taking care of her own diet and nutrition.
When you get back to work, it is normal to feel stressed and pressed for time. There are just so many hours in the day and you would rather spend time with your baby when at home rather than worrying about your own food.
This may not work out really well for your own health and it is equally important for you to focus on your own body as well.
Here’s how you can strike a balance:
- Ensure that you have some help to assist you in the kitchen.
- Stock up groceries, fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks.
- Plan mini meals so that you are eating every couple of hours.
- Plan on having plenty of liquids like coconut water, butter milk, soups and juices with fibre. These can be quick to prepare, will help to maintain your milk supply and also keep your energy levels high.
- Munch on fruits and healthy snacks when hungry.
- Ensure that your main meals are well balanced. Your plate should include some unrefined grains like wheat, brown rice or millets, a generous portion of vegetables and some source of protein.
Despite a hectic schedule, do find some time to exercise. Take your baby for a walk. This will give you both some fresh air, quality time together and will also boost your energy levels.
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