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eating healthy, while breastfeeding seems impossible!

alright, well i pretty much dont know how to shop successfully. what i mean is my family doesnt have a lot of income and we pretty much rely on food stamps for our monthly groceries. i'm always excited when we get the food stamps because we get to have food, sad i know. we dont really eat a lot we just dont seem to have enough to get us through the month. i've gotta eat healthy, because i breastfeed. and it seems like all the cheap meals are too expensive. any suggestions?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:10 AM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have some but they don't fit here. I am in the same spot as u, except I am preg. it is so expensive to eat healthy . Make sure u are finding your local food pantries, and shopping at places that have good sales/prices. uy in bulk if u can when something is cheap.Call WIC they can help too. I really just wanted to tell u ,u are not alone.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • It's tough these days, I understand. It's hard to eat healthy, PERIOD!!! You could always look into growing your own veggies, chickens, cows, what not. You'd be good on meat, produce, eggs, and then use your food stamps for other stuff. Doesnt sound easy, but it would be so worth it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:46 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • If you qualify for FS you probably qualify for WIC too. Get it. You'll get milk eggs cheese beans carrots tuna cereal and juice. That will get the FS to go farther. Good luck!

    Answer by shmorris56 at 3:06 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Please read this article it may help you feel better about your choice to breastfeed even if you are only able to afford non 'perfect' foods.

    Do I need to maintain a perfect diet while breastfeeding? The short answer to this question is NO –  ..........   Are healthy eating habits recommended for mom? Absolutely! You will be healthier and feel better if you eat well. It is best for anyone to eat a variety of foods, in close to their naturally-occurring state, but this is not necessary for providing quality milk or for maintaining milk supply. Although it is certainly not recommended, a breastfeeding mother could live on a diet of junk food – mom would not thrive on that diet, but her milk would still meet her baby's needs."


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:58 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • What about those new books, one's by Jerry Seinfeld's wife, that incorporates vegetable purees into items. You can use them in more items (ie thickeners stuff like that). Switch ground turkey for ground beef. Look for what is on sale that week and put it into your old recipes to add new life. Fresh veggies stir fried served over ramen noodles.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • Shop the outer perimeter of the supermarket.

    And you don't need to maintain a perfect diet to breastfeed. You could eat purely McDonalds, all day, every day, and your baby would still get what it needs. Your nutrition, however, would be lacking.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:50 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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