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A good breakfast sets you up for the day and that is never more true than when you have just given birth. When you are up with your sweet newborn a lot during the night, and still exhausted from labor and delivery too, as well as feeling sore down there, it is easy to forget all about eating well and making yourself breakfast. But you will feel a lot better throughout the day if you start off with a healthy breakfast. Thankfully, a balanced breakfast doesn't have to take a long time to make.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal lowers your cholesterol, makes you feel full up and ready to go, and is a great start to cold winter mornings. You can make oatmeal the old-fashioned way by putting it in a saucepan with milk and letting it boil, but as a new mother you would probably prefer making oatmeal in the microwave. You can add apple and cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, and a bit of sugar or maple syrup on top once its done.

Eggs

Boiled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, or any other kind of egg gives you a protein boost early in the morning and will provide you with the energy you need. Eating one or two eggs just the way you like them with a slice of wholegrain bread may not be very original, but it's quick and healthy.

Smoothies

Don't rule out liquid breakfasts before you give them a try! Smoothies, unlike juices, contain a lot of fibre and can really fill you up. If you have a good blender like a vitamix, making smoothies for breakfast is very easy. Fresh fruits and vegetables (carrots, spinach, and cucumber all make good ingredients) give you plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, which are especially essential for breastfeeding moms.

A sandwich with peanut butter

Protein and grains in one place. And, easy and quick to make. Enough said.

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