After your baby arrives, you will probably find yourself trying to figure out what to cook for a breastfeeding mom. Whether you are trying to build a stash of freezer meals, or just get yourself something to eat while breastfeeding, I have put together a list of crockpot meals for breastfeeding moms. And guess what? They are all simple, easy, and require very little time because these healthy recipes for breastfeeding moms are all made in the crockpot! Many of them are dump and go, so you can spend your day looking after your baby instead of worrying about dinner.
What is a crockpot?
Crockpot has become the name used for both slow cookers and crackpots. However, Crockpot is actually a brand name! So, a crockpot is essentially a brand of slow cooker.
A slow cooker is the type of appliance that features a ceramic bowl with an electric heating element. They usually have 2-3 heat settings, and take minimal power to run.
We’ve used both crockpot and slow cooker throughout this article to mean the same thing. So wether you ave a slow cooker or crockpot, the method of cooking is the same.
What foods should nursing moms eat?
There are a range of lactogenic foods, also called galactagogues, which can support your body to increase breast milk production. Mostly, the best thing to do to support your breast milk is to eat a wide range of wholefoods, like leafy greens, whole grains, and lean meats.
In this article, I’m going to give you some great ideas for what to cook for breastfeeding moms, based on foods that are lactogenic and will help with your milk supply. These recipes are all quick and easy, and use a slow cooker or crockpot to make.
Is using a crockpot healthy?
Yes! Slow cookers are actually a very healthy way to cook. The method of using low heat to cook food over a long period of time means that the nutrients are retained and not lost through heat.
However, there can be some concern about lead leeching from poor quality slow cookers. So make sure that if you are buying one, you choose a reputable brand and opt for glass, steel or cast iron pot.
Why is a slow cooker helpful for breastfeeding moms?
Slow cookers are helpful because they do all of the work for you, while maintaining the nutrients. Most of the recipes featured here require you to simply put the ingredients in the slow cooker, set it to the right temperature, put the lid on and walk away. Crockpost are amazing for making easy, healthy meals while you have your hands full with breastfeeding or pumping.
Oats are rich in beta-glucan, which increases prolactin and promotes the production of milk.Breastfeedingmama.net
The ultimate no-fuss granola recipe! Slow Cooker Vanilla Coconut Granola made right in the crock-pot, is gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! This simply healthy, sweet, and coconutty granola makes a great breakfast or snack with zero work involved!
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This simple Thai curry chili contains garlic, ginger, coconut milk, peanut sauce mix, curry, as well as loads of vegetables and meat. The spiciness level can be adjusted to taste to fit the needs of breastfeeding moms.
Chickpeas & Lentils
This easy lentil ham soup is packed with healthy vegetables for a hearty, healthy meal.
Slow-cooked lamb and sweet potato casserole
You’ll love this deliciously warming casserole, made with sweet potato, lamb and green beans, gently spiced with Moroccan notes and slow cooked until the lamb melts in the mouth.
Deeply flavourful, slow-cooked beef ragu with comforting linguine, all made in just one pot. This makes masses, so you could freeze half and enjoy the rest later!
Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a delicious slow-cooked beef stew made with juicy chunks of beef, sweet carrots, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and two types of wine. Fancy enough to feed a crowd, but easy enough to make during the week, this Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a classic beef stew with a twist.
This slow cooker turkey chili is a blend of ground turkey, beans and spices, all simmered together in a crockpot to make a hearty meal.
White chicken chili is so easy to make with just a few ingredients that you throw in the Crock Pot. Beans and legumes help increase breast milk so this dish doubles as delicious and helping increase supply.
Crock pot meal that is easy to prep in 10 minutes or less. You can use leftover turkey or even leftover chicken in this delicious Taco Soup!
This dump and start crockpot chicken pot pie recipe is so easy to prep and even easier to cook. Yeap, you just set it and forget it! Toss in the carrots and peas in the last few minutes, and some leftover biscuits and serve. It’s perfect for busy breastfeeding mom or busy evenings when you are craving home-cooked comfort food.
Comfort Foods for Breastfeeding Moms
Slow cooker goulash is a comforting meal that you can eat now or freezer for later.
This crock pot spaghetti is homemade beef meatballs that are simmered in tomato sauce, then tossed with spaghetti to make an easy and hearty meal.
This slow cooker crack chicken is so delicious and comforting! It’s made with chicken thighs, cheddar, ranch, bacon, and other yummy ingredients!
This insanely easy Hawaiian chicken recipe is just 3 ingredients and perfect for new breastfeeding moms. Dump it all in the crockpot early in the day and just let your cooker do the rest. Serve with a side of rice for a complete meal.
Crockpot chicken and dumplings is easy and delicious. Full of simple ingredients and is the perfect dump and go recipe.
Mississippi pot roast is absolutely delicious. Roast, ranch mix, au ju gravy, butter and pepperoncini peppers cook in the crockpot for the ultimate dinner.
This whole cooked chicken in the crockpot is a great healthy recipe for breastfeeding moms. Serve with a side of veggies for a complete dinner.
This slow cooker crack chicken recipe is so EASY! If you want to know how to make Crock Pot crack chicken, it takes just 10 minutes prep time. And, no one will know it happens to be keto crack chicken, too.
Slow Cooker Pork Chops are tender, flavorful, and smothered in a savory, rich and silky gravy. You’ll love making this recipe for slow cooker pork chops with gravy because it’s super simple and everyone will love it.
A very easy recipe for Crockpot shredded chicken that turns out juicy, moist, and delicious. Whether you’re making a chicken salad, a chicken pot pie, or a chicken pasta dish, this all-purpose shredded chicken will save you so much time and effort.
This hearty creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Spaghetti is set to become your go-to dinner. With a little prep and just 5 minutes of effort to add the ingredients to the crockpot, you can sit back and watch dinner cook itself.
comforting chicken pot pie
This creamy comforting chicken pot pie features a rich broth and lattice crust all made right in the crockpot. Let the slow cooker do all the work for this easy comfort food recipe. Full of nutrition for you and your little one.