Looking for the best breastfeeding snacks for the middle of the night in the middle of the night?
Yep, I’ve been there. You’re sitting there under your sweet nursing baby and you’re absolutely RAVENOUS. But, there isn’t anything easy to grab to eat while you breastfeed.
Unless you count your husband’s “secret” Pop-Tart stash or your toddler’s goldfish.
So, here it is healthy late-night snacks for breastfeeding moms.
11 Healthy Late Night Breastfeeding Snacks
These snack ideas are perfect for middle of the night feedings when you don’t want to wake up the baby with loud crunching or a big mess. I’ve also made sure to only include one-handed, super quick snacks that you can grab in a flash.
Some of the blog posts that I’ve seen have snack ideas that are straight-up unrealistic.
Like, hey blogger lady that has her life together, I don’t have time or the brainpower to make a fancy healthy snack in the middle of the night.
Girl, I got you.
Easy (and Healthy) Breastfeeding Snacks for Late Night Feedings
Like I said, these late-night snack ideas are mostly crunch-less, easily eaten one-handed and are healthy. Oh, and you’re not going to be dropping food on your baby’s head because it’s too messy. #guiltyascharged
- Granola bars (get the soft, chewy kind – my favorites: Cliff bars, Sweet and Salty Nut Bars by Nature Valley)
- Cheese sticks
- Glass of milk (and on occasion, chocolate milk)
- Yogurt in a squeeze pouch (either Go-gurts or yogurt that is put into reusable squeeze pouches)
- Chia squeeze pouches (I love MammaChia brand)
- Applesauce squeeze pouches
Make Ahead Late Night Breastfeeding Snacks
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little variety in your snack choices. And, sometimes you’ll want something more substantial than a squeeze pouch, for example.
You can make the following in bulk then freeze. Pop them in the microwave for about a minute then stuff your hungry face.
- Oat cups (click for my favorite recipe and you can go here to see my variations)
- Energy balls (this recipe for Pregnancy, Labor and Lactation is the bomb – and this one is great if you’ve got a sweet tooth)
I also love to keep some hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a quick protein boost if I’m really really hungry.
But wait, should I eat at night while breastfeeding?
Short answer: YES!
Long answer: Yes, you need to eat healthy snacks to fuel your body with the calories it needs to make milk. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you’re not feeling hungry then you don’t need to have a snack just for the sake of having a snack. If you’re feeling hungry, then eat a snack – your body needs it!
Why am I so hungry while breastfeeding?
Simply put, your body is working overtime making all of the milk for your baby. It takes immense work (and calories) to make an adequate milk supply for your new baby. Lean into your body’s cues and eat when you feel hungry!
I found this article about Honoring Your Hunger as a Breastfeeding Mom very helpful.
All in All… Eat these easy late-night snacks when you’re hungry breastfeeding that cute baby of yours all night long!