3 Easy Crock-Pot Meals for Those Postpartum Days

Postpartum parent? Busy mama? Working parent? Single Parent? Anyone too busy to make a meal? I got you.

Here are my three favorite, minimal ingredient recipes you can just toss into a crock pot and walk away from.

Mongolian Steak

The give-me-iron-please recipe you didn’t know you needed.

If you need some red meat in your life, this is going to make your mouth water. All you need is some flank steak, green onions, some shredded carrots, some sauces you probably already have in your fridge, and you’re good to go! Somehow the ginger, Sriracha, soy sauce, etc marries into this delicious, tangy recipe.

Macaroni and Cheese

Postpartum comfort food sent down from the cheese gods.

You can find MANY Mac n Cheese recipes on the internet with Velveeta. This one uses cream cheese, and it makes all the difference. This recipe isn’t exactly, ahem healthy, but nothing hits the spot like comfort food, especially when it is easy to make. All you need is macaroni noodles, a few different kinds of cheese, evaporated milk, whole milk, and some spices (annnnndddddd if you have green onions left over from the Mongolian Beef—boom, garnish. You’re welcome).

Meatballs

The three ingredient holy-crap-where-have-you-been meatballs you can eat easily with one hand.

Grape Jelly. BBQ Sauce. Bag of frozen meatballs. Go. I want to meet whoever first took their chance on mixing together jelly and BBQ sauce and shake their hand. This recipe is so easy and very freezable (and un-freezable) for those mamas like me who like to graze constantly throughout the day.

I am not a chef, which is why these recipes are so great. Any schmo can put some ingredients together. All you need is a ClickList order at Kroger (or Instacart Delivery) and about 10-20 minutes to throw some ingredients into the crockpot.

The role of a Postpartum Doula is to get new parents into a comfortable routine of life with a new addition to the family. People think of us when they need newborn care and recovery from birth, but we can also swoop in to help make sure you are eating! Go on over to the Services page to see a list of what we can provide.

Don’t forget to nourish that postpartum body!

Don’t forget to nourish that postpartum body!

What I wish I had known About Breastfeeding

In a perfect world, I would make CERTAIN my mamas, who want to breastfeed, are equipped with the knowledge and tools to do so immediately after birth through to the end of their breastfeeding relationship/goal. Sadly, there are many hurdles that women face the moment they have their babies—the biggest one being lack of education prior to the start of nursing. Below I will impart the wisdom I have learned from experience and ongoing education.

The Importance of the Golden Hour

No matter how baby comes out (and emergency C-sections can but don’t always present a challenge during this time frame, depending on hospital policy), the first 60-90 minutes are the most important when establishing the first latch. Baby recognizes mom by left-behind amniotic smells and is most alert and ready to make his or her way towards the breast. Your hormones throughout pregnancy that made your areolas so dark? They coursed through your body to make your breasts easier for baby to find! They’re like targets! What I’m trying to say is babies are smarter and stronger than we give them credit for. If we allow them to have an hour after birth on mother’s chest, they will usually latch on their own with almost no help at all. You can watch videos of this on Youtube. It’s incredible.

Miss this window of time? It’s ok. Don’t fret. Baby becomes sleepy and may just need a little extra support to latch when he or she awakes. That’s what Lactation Consultants are for!

Hand Expression

It is empowering and extremely helpful to know how to hand express. You’ll never have to panic if you lose your pump or a part breaks or if baby goes on a nursing strike. Like any skill, practice makes perfect. It took me months to perfect this. Also another great job for a Lactation Consultant!

Feed often

You might have been told that milk comes in a supply and demand way. This is true. If baby isn’t eating, your breast doesn’t know to make milk. Feeding baby often helps the breasts empty and get the message to make more milk. Babies also nurse for many other reasons than hunger. They nurse for comfort, for sleep, belly aches, to bond and more. Breastfeeding is also helpful to mama.

Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin, which studies have shown help reduce mood disorders.

Warm compresses and dangle-feeding for clogs

Before I discovered that my body didn’t respond to electric pumps, I got golf ball sized clogs on the regular. I sought help desperately and often. The best piece of advice I got was—at first sign of clog, slap a warm compress on the breast, massage, then dangle feed. Read more at Kellymom, my fave resource.

TALK ABOUT IT, TALK ABOUT IT, TALK ABOUT IT

There is no doubt about it—Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things to do and our culture makes it harder by silencing and shaming women. The more we talk about this, the less of a stigma it may become. Exposure is the first step to challenging this norm.

Please remember, mama, it aint easy. You’re doing great!

Have more questions on feeding your infant? Send Rae a message.

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