Breastfeeding Diet

Or "What I Should Be Eating Anyway"

It's no secret that I lived mainly on junk food, BLTs and Cokes with an occasional night out for seafood throughout my pregnancy.  My doctor was okay with this - since I had hyperemesis gravidarum (which translates pretty much to extreme vomiting during pregnancy) any calories I took in were good, in his book.

I always felt a bit guilty that Georgia wasn't getting optimal nutrition from me, and I vowed to make up for it later.  So I combined information from all of my breastfeeding books and their suggested eating plans and made up a checklist of what I need to eat every day in order to deliver the nutrients she needs and keep myself healthy.

Daily Breastfeeding Diet
Water - I personally try for 90 oz, although most sources say to just drink until thirst is quenched
Protein - 3 servings - 3 glasses skim milk, 1 3/4 cup yogurt, 3 oz meat or seafood, 3 oz cheese
Vitamin C - 3 servings - 1/3 cup orange juice, 1 cup V8 or tomato juice, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 orange
Green & Yellow - 3 servings - peach, 1/2 carrot, large dark green salad
Extra Fruit & Veggies - 2 servings - apple, pear, berries, any non-starch vegetables
Calcium - 5 servings - 1 glass milk, 1/2 oz cheese, 8 oz orange juice, 6 oz yogurt
Grains - 10 servings - 1 slice bread, 1 cup cereal, 1/2 cup pasta, oatmeal, 1/2 cup beans

This isn't all I eat, but I do try my hardest to check mark off each serving above before I have snacks that aren't on the list, like chips, candy and ice cream.  However, I do find that sticking to my checklist keeps me pretty full on "real" food so that I rarely even want unhealthy snacks.

I will tell you, though, that I rarely get in more than 5 or 6 servings of (whole) grains.  I've had to get pretty creative and find ways to sneak them in, lest I feel like I'm on a carb overload.  I've been eating a lot of wheat crackers with my cheese, a bowl of cereal before bed, and half sandwiches for snacks.  I also recently discovered these Fig Newton Fruit Thins that are like cookies but have 8 grams of whole grains and are lower in sugar than regular cookies.  They are very tasty and having just a couple of them makes me feel like I indulged in a real dessert, rather than tricked myself into more fiber.

Speaking of whole grains and fiber...I've been meaning to Google this for awhile but haven't gotten around to it.  Lately I've noticed lots of food packages saying things like "10 grams of whole grains per serving" yet there are only 2-3 grams of fiber per serving on the nutritional information.  Can someone please explain the discrepancy or point me in the direction of a website?