Choose well-balanced snacks.
Few new moms have the time to prepare and sit down to three square meals a day. But everyone has time for a handful of almonds and an apple, or two tablespoons of peanut butter on a banana. Wait no longer than two to three hours between mini meals, and aim for no fewer than six a day. If you wait longer than that, your blood sugar will plummet, you'll feel starved, and you'll make a bad decision. As a rough rule of thumb, have a snack every time your baby breastfeeds or has a bottle. This will keep your metabolism revved up, which will ensure that you burn a maximum of calories.