Smart Meal Plans for BREASTFEEDING
These Meal Plans ensure that the specific dietary needs of the breastfeeding woman are met, both for herself and her baby.
The meal plans are based on the Mediterranean diet, use a maximum of unprocessed foods, and meet all nutritional recommendations from the following respected sources:
- Health Canada: "Food Guide for the breastfeeding female"
- United States Department of Agriculture: "Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women"
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec: "From Tiny Tot to Toddler", a practical guide for parents from pregnancy to age two
- Extenso/NutriUM (University of Montreal): "Quoi manger quand on allaite?" (in French)
- NaitreEtGrandir.com : "L'alimentation pendant l'allaitement" (in French)
Last but not least, these Meal Plans are updated every week to take advantage of seasonal produce and Flyer specials from your preferred local grocery stores.
N.B. Consult your Doctor if you have a medical condition. We also recommend that you consult a Registered Dietitian and tell her/him that you follow the SOSCuisine Meal Plans.
Each week you will receive:Each week you will receive
|Your menu for the week, balanced and tailored to your needs (calorie level and servings)|
|Fast, easy and delicious recipes for the entire 7-day menu|
|A matching grocery list, based on the current Flyer Specials at your preferred local supermarkets|
|A step-by-step action plan to help you save time in the kitchen|
Why are these Meal Plans SMART?Why are these Meal Plans smart?
Our Meal Plans are smart because they ensure, week after week, that you will:
- eat what is BEST for YOU and YOUR BABY during breastfeeding
- ENJOY eating
- take advantage of the BEST BUYs at your preferred grocery stores
Also, you'll be able to choose freely, and as often as you want, the number of people (1, 2, 3, or 4). The quantity of each ingredient will then be automatically adjusted in the recipes and in the grocery list.
Why SOS Cuisine?
The recommendations for a BREASTFEEDING consist of 40 nutritional targets that must be attained every day.
Creating meal plans to meet these recommendations without assistance is difficult. Doing it week after week is even more so. That's where we come in, with our unique technology and our team of Dietitians.
SOUNDS COMPLICATED? Not with SOS Cuisine!
We provide you with meal plans that satisfy all the applicable nutritional recommendations, along with the recipes, which are quick and easy to prepare. You will be able to enjoy your food without any worries!
Why Meal Plans instead of just recipes?
Since the nutritional recommendations relate to daily and weekly intakes, it is not sufficient to look for 'Breastfeeding recipes'.
Properly balanced Meal Plans are the only effective way to ensure that all nutritional recommendations are met. This is what you get week after week with SOS Cuisine. This way, you have support and you're not alone.
And your entire family benefits from a healthy lifestyle, because our Breastfeeding Meal Plans are balanced and appropriate for everyone.
The most recent recommendations for BREASTFEEDING consist of 40 nutritional targets that must be attained every day, for the entier lactation period.
- Calorie intake, adapted to the specific needs of the lactation period
Daily intake of:
- vitamins A, B6, folic acid, B12, C and D
- calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc
- fat, carbohydrate (total and added sugars), dietary fibre, protein
the various food groups from Canada's Food Guide
- Vegetables and Fruit, including dark green and orange vegetables
- Grain Products, including whole grain food
- Dairy products
- Meat and Alternatives
- Optimal intakes of good fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated) and optimal omega-6 / omega-3 ratio
- specifically recommended foods (Fish (for their precious omega-3, etc.)
- foods that need to be limited (Caffein sources, alcohol, fish with high mercury content, etc.)
The following table shows that our Breastfeeding Meal Plans have consistently met the nutritional recommendations since their launch, on June 2nd, 2011.
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- Health Canada, Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide, Guidelines specific to Breastfeeding Female , 2007
- Institut national de santé publique - Québec, From Tiny Tot to Toddler: a practical guide for parents from pregnancy to age two , March 2011
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Daily Food Plans for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding , February 2011
- EXTENSO (in French), Quoi manger quand on allaite?, January 2010
- NaitreEtGrandir.com (in French), L'alimentation pendant l'allaitement , March 2011
Important advice and useful tips
Consult your Doctor if you have a medical condition. We also recommend that you consult a Registered Dietitian and tell her/him that you follow the SOSCuisine Meal Plans.
How much does it cost?
$95.40/year (i.e. $7.95/month, save $24)
Will recur yearly until cancelled
Will recur monthly until cancelled
N.B. If you reside in Europe, the prices are respectively 95.40€/year and 9.95€/month.
Your subscription will pay for itself quickly, as our Meal Plans allow you to save money by:
|See the FAQ about subscriptions and plans|
|Why should I trust the menus? Are they checked by a dietitian?|
|All the nutrition content of the website, including the information on this page as well as all meal plans, are checked and approved by our nutrition team, led by Danielle Lamontagne, R.D.|
|What is the difference between canola oil and olive oil? Why do certain recipes use one rather than the other?|
|Differences between olive oil and canola oil lie in their composition, heat resistance levels, taste and cost. Even though both of these oils are rich in monounsaturated fats (excellent for cardiovascular health), canola oil contains about 10 times more omega-3 than olive oil. Also, both of these oils can be used in cooking but olive oil loses its aroma when heated. The neutral taste and lower cost of canola oil make it an excellent choice for everyday cooking as well as for baking. But cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil tastes simply divine!|
|I see 'crispbread' in my menu. What is it and where can I buy it ?|
|Crispbread is a type of crackerbread from rye, rich in fiber and low in fat, salt and sugar. The most common brands are: Ryvita, Ry-Krip and Wasabröd. You'll find them in the crackers section at your grocery store.|
|I really like your weekly meal plans but I would like to know what to drink?|
Water is by far the best choice. Add a slice of lime - or a few drops of lemon juice - to give it a little punch. It is also possible to have wine or fruit juice, but remember: each glass represents an extra 100 calories.
Alcohol ends up in your milk. Extended exposure of your baby to alcohol can slow her/his motor development. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so sparingly and wait 3 hours before breastfeeding so that alcohol is completely eliminated from your body. And don’t forget that calories add up fast: About 100-150 calories per glass of beer, wine or spirits, but much more in cocktails. For example, a piña colada contains 400 calories! One more good reason to drink responsibly.
Caffeine also passes on to your milk, 1 to 3 hours after having a coffe or tea. It may accumulate in the body of your child and disrupt his sleep. In addition to coffee and tea, stimulants also include soft drinks and chocolate. You can drink these, but moderately so. Do not consume more than 2 cups of caffeinated drinks per day. Instead, consider caffeine-free alternatives, such as cereal-based 'coffees'.
|There's no microwave oven at my workplace. How can I find substitute meals that I won't need to warm up ?|
|You can use the "Swap Meal" button (blue double arrow icon) in your menu, or use the Advanced Recipe Search to find exactly the Lunch Box recipes that you want.|
|I don't like peanut butter, but it is often a part of breakfast. What can I replace it with?|
|Peanut butter is a good source of protein that sustains one’s appetite in the morning. It can be replaced by cheese, almond or some other nut-based butter or even by hummus. Unfortunately, jams and sweet spreads are neither as nutritional nor as satiating.|
|While consulting the sample meal plan, I noticed that certain recipes recur more than once in the same week. Will the meal plan that I'm going to buy also be like this?|
|Yes! Some recipes (ex. soups, stews, etc) are repeated during the week in order to reduce the time spent in the kitchen. This way, you also get to prioritize certain fresh food items, with minimal waste. In other words, these repetitions are based on practical and economic reasons. They offer a good trade-off between variety and effort. And don't forget: you can always swap meals to get more - or less - variety.|
|I don't like eating my meal in the form of a sandwich or burger. Is it the same if I eat my meatball, slices of bread and lettuce separately?|
|It is OK to break down your burger into separate food items. The nutritional values remain the same and, once they have been consumed, the foods will interact in the same way as if they had been eaten in a same mouthful. Find your preferred technique and enjoy!|
|Why do we find white bread in the Breastfeeding meal plans? Brown bread is higher in fiber and I thought one had to avoid white bread.|
|It is true that whole grain brown bread is richer in fiber than white bread. However, as our Breastfeeding meal plan is based on the Mediterranean diet, it includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, so that the daily fiber needs are fully met. Excessive intake of fiber can make bowel movements too fast and prevent adequate absorption of nutrients. In other words, with our meal plans, you are sure to get the right amount of all nutrients - never too little nor too much!|
Note: We remind you to read our Medical Disclaimer.
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