The Postpartum Shopping List

You’ve packed your hospital bag and tricked out the nursery. But one of the most important, yet maybe most overlooked, areas of birth preparation is thinking about the food you’ll need when you leave the hospital to begin your postpartum healing at home. 

(Note that we said “need” and not just eat. That’s because right on top of the list we would put frozen peas and green, not red, cabbage—both are highly effective at preventing your breasts from getting engorged. If you feel like you may be getting engorged, place the chilled cabbage leaves on your breasts, then take a warm shower. It’s an incredibly effective treatment!)

We also spoke to clinical dietician Julie Devinsky about what to stock in your refrigerator and pantry to keep you healthy and nourished morning, noon, or at 2 a.m.

*Cuts and pastes into Instacart*


Snack Why
Homemade trail mix (dark chocolate, almonds, dried cherries) 

“Nuts and seeds provide both fat and fiber which are the two biggest things to keep you satiated; the dried fruit will provide a little more fiber and that quick energy burst; and the dark chocolate is a really rich source of iron.”

Energy bites, like Navitas Power Snacks  

“This brand is extremely clean, all organic ingredients. And I like that there are no added sugars. With added sugars you tend to crash and burn so in the long term they aren’t quite as satisfying.”

Protein bars with whole ingredients, like Vital Proteins or Primal Kitchen 

“Bars are really easy and for new moms having something quick is the most realistic thing. These are balanced bars that keep the protein, fiber and fat content at a good point.”