New moms that breastfeed have weird everything.
(Yes. You read that correctly.)
Weird emotions (all the hormones!). Weird boob proportions. Weird chest pressure (time to nurse!). Weird leakage problems. Weird style (#pjsallday).
And – namely – weird football-player-rivaling appetite. This isn’t a problem, except it’s matched with our weird sleep schedule! Food isn’t exactly convenient in the middle of the night.
We’re nocturnal. I mean, babies are around the clock. And we ourselves want to eat everything, usually during these 3 am feedings because baby needs to nurse and be changed and nurse again. So, by the time you sit or lay down to perform said 2nd feeding, your stomach is crying at you, too.
This is why my husband is a genius: he instituted a by-the-bed snack basket. Hooray! Now, I do this every time I’m postpartum and I will preface that though these snacks aren’t awful (in a perfect world, there’d be fruit snacks in there!), I wouldn’t call them highly nutritious. But they do the trick in the middle of the night when you’re hungry and nursing and unwilling to leave your bedroom. They hold you over until morning when the real hearty food can begin.
Here’s how to fashion your own:
Step 1: Get a basket! Whatever will hold a sufficient snack stash. Extra points if it’s pretty and makes you happy. Mine is a 10” x 13” basket.
Step 2: Fill with goodies! Here are some of my must-haves:
- Granola bars
- Belvita breakfast crackers
- Trail mix*
- Goldfish crackers*
- Peanut butter crackers
- Dried mango & other fruit*
* For these options, we buy big packages and divvy them up into snack bags. When your wife eats everything, you must be economical!
Step 3: Add a bottle of water (the thirst is real!) and a plastic bag for trash. Optional: wet wipes for your hands.
Easy! Yet so helpful. You can get right back to bed with your newborn and still pack in those much-needed extra 500 daily calories.
How does Marabou support women?
Moms who used to “lie-in” for forty days now have to pick themselves up within a week to get back to work. Grandmas, sisters and best friends who otherwise would have been there to help a woman transition into motherhood now live too far away and often can’t take time away from their full time job. Household chores and caring for older children fall on the woman who just delivered a new life and whose body needs rest. But we live in a sprawled world and helping hands are plentiful but often too far to be of benefit.
Marabou Services is a unique gift registry which provides services instead of stuff. Most mom’s get too many onesies, too many baby blankets and not enough helping hands. How can you give you daughter living in Japan married to a Navy sailor a helping hand? How can you lend a hand to your best friend who moved to California? How do you ask for help when none of your family lives near you anymore?
With a Marabou gift registry you can ask for any service you know will be of benefit during postpartum recovery.
Postpartum doulas for a first time mom
House cleanings for moms of multiples
Childcare for moms with older children!
Once your registry is created, add it to any other registry or post it to your Facebook and ask that your friends and family contribute to your postpartum service, rather than buying you more stuff.