The Best Snacks for Breastfeeding

I get tons of questions about what snacks are good for breastfeeding moms and how mamas can help boost their supply. While I’m not a lactation consultant, I do have tons of amazing homemade snack recipes that I’ve been eating while breastfeeding that have made a big difference for me!

I put together some delicious, super nourishing homemade snack recipes that are not only filled with ingredients that may help boost breast milk supply but are also packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats that are so essential for mamas while breastfeeding. I’ve included my favorite packaged snacks as well, plus some nursing products that have been so helpful for me.

Check them out below and pass them along to the breastfeeding mamas in your life!

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Ingredients that boost milk supply & nourish mamas

Lactogenic foods are ones that may help increase milk supply due to their phytoestrogens and other nutrients. Plus, these foods are filled with healthy fats and protein to keep mamas nourished while they breastfeed! Here are some easy ones to add to your diet and use in simple snacks:

  • Oats: oats and other whole grains contain iron which is known to have a positive effect on breast milk supply. 
  • Flaxseed meal: flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens that can help boost breast milk production.
  • Brewer’s yeast: this nutritional supplement is high in complex b vitamins, protein and selenium, which are all nutrients new moms need. Not all brewer’s yeast varieties are gluten free, so double check the label when you buy! The brand I linked is gluten free.
  • Chickpeas: these little legumes are not only high in protein, but also have plant estrogens may help boost supply.
  • Almonds:raw almonds are packed with healthy fats & protein to keep you satisfied and potentially increase breast milk supply.
  • Ginger root: fresh ginger is not only the perfect tummy soother, but it also can have a positive effect on breast milk production.
  • Leafy greens: kale, spinach, broccoli and other dark leafy greens and packed with calcium, nutrients and phytoestrogens that might help boost supply.
  • Protein: in general, eating plenty of lean proteins like chicken, eggs, seafood and nuts is a great way to boost supply and keep you feeling full.

See below for a mix of my favorite homemade and packaged breastfeeding snacks that I’ve been loving the past year while breastfeeding Sidney and now Viggo. They’re all filled with a mix of the above ingredients that might help boost milk supply and make the perfect treats and snacks to gift the new mamas in your life. Enjoy, xo!

chia banana bread energy bites drizzled with chocolate

Energy bites

5-minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Honey Cinnamon Almond Butter Energy Bites

Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites

Salted Date Brownie Energy Bites

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs

stack of healthy chocolate quinoa crunch bars

Energy Bars

Salted Dark Chocolate Pistachio Quinoa Crunch Bars

Vegan No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No Bake Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Sea Salt Cashew Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

nut and seed granola in a bowl with yogurt and raspberries


Superwoman Nut & Seed Granola

Homemade Chunky Healthy Granola Recipe (vegan & gluten free!)

5-Ingredient Chia & Peanut Butter Granola

Healthy Superfood Coconut Oil Granola with Chia & Flax

two green smoothies topped with chia seeds


Immune Boosting Wellness Smoothie

Salted Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Shake

Get Your Greens in Smoothie (the best green smoothie!)

chickpea muffin with a bite taken out

Nutritious muffins & oatmeal cups

Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea Muffins

The Best Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (gluten free!)

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

Blender Double Chocolate Spinach Muffins

Flax Almond Meal Banana Muffins with Dark Chocolate (gluten free, paleo!)

Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups

Almond Butter Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups

Vegan Paleo Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Grandma’s Healthy Bran Muffins

Power Flax Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins

almond flour banana bread sliced on parchment paper

Delicious breads

Nourishing Almond Flour Banana Bread

Healthy Honey Flax Tahini Banana Bread

Good Morning Almond Flour Blueberry Muffin Bread

the best lactation cookies on parchment paper

Cookies & treats

The Best Lactation Cookies (for nursing mamas!)

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan & gluten free!)

Nutrition-Rich Omega 3 Blueberry Breakfast Cookies (gluten free + vegan!)

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My fav packaged snacks for breastfeeding

Majka Chocolate Lactation Bites: I’m always snacking on these lactation bites and they’ve been great for boosting my milk supply! Follow the link or use the code ‘ambitious’ for 10% off.

Nut & Seed Trail Mix: all of the delicious, healthy fats from almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars: love the blueberry flavor! These are packed with lots of whole grains.

GoMacro Bars: all of their flavors are amazing but I especially love the oatmeal chocolate chip.

Wild Friends Nut Butter Packets: amazing on bagels, fruits and on the go to get a boost of healthy fats. Use the code ‘AMBITIOUS15’ for 15% off!

Lesser Evil Mini Popcorn Bags: just a fun, delicious snack I like to have on hand!

The New Primal Meat Sticks: getting enough protein is super important while breastfeeding, and these meat sticks are perfect with 8g of protein.

Solely Fruit Jerky: absolutely love having these fruit jerky strips on hand for a little sweet snack.

GoHydrate Hydration Packets: staying hydrated is essential while breastfeeding! Mamas lose tons of water while feeding our little ones, which is why I’m always stocked up on these GoHydrate packets. Plus, the flavors are amazing (omg CHERRY LIME). Use the code ‘AMBITIOUS’ for 15% off any order!

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Some of my go-to breastfeeding products

  • Nursing Bra: Bakers best friend. Holds the pump in place without having to use my hands. And yes, I bake all the time with them on. For both nursing + pumping.
  • Nursing tank: I recently got these nursing tanks and really love them. So simple to use and have a built in bra. Heck yes. Great for throwing a cardigan over!
  • Haaka: This is primarily what I’ve been using to catch my milk. Every time I nurse I put it on the other side and it is a game changer. Every day I’m able to catch anywhere from 4-6 oz of milk without PUMPING! Yahoo!
  • My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow: I’m obsessed with this thing. I honestly do not know what I’d do without it!!

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What are your go-to snacks while breastfeeding? Let me know in the comments!

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