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Is your newborn fed enough? Unfortunately, most of the time, you can hardly tell. Babies have no way of telling you they are still hungry and moms tend to stop as soon as their baby stops latching on to the breast.
The only way to ensure your little one is fed enough is by making sure you are constantly producing enough milk supply. Fortunately, it can be promoted through a proper diet!
You have to plan on the right milk booster food to be included in your confinement diet and what to exclude, especially if you are at risk of producing low milk supply.
It is also important to note that you are more prone to dehydration and constant thirst from breastfeeding. With the right ingredients, you can keep your energy up while also enhancing lactation.
1) Barley Porridge
It’s hard not to love this incredibly light but fulfilling meal! Many people who are going on a diet to lose weight replace rice with barley. Compared to brown rice, barley has twice the calcium and fibre content and approximately 30 per cent fewer calories! For new mothers, you can now happily count your calories while increasing milk supply with barley!
You will need:
2-3 tbsp of barley, soaked overnight
½ cup of mixed nuts
4 cups of water
1 tsp of brown sugar or other unrefined sugar like jaggery
- Pressure cook the barley
- Once it has cooled down, grind with a bit of water until it turns into paste-like consistency
- Cook the paste in water and keep stirring to avoid creating lumps
- Add nuts and brown sugar in. Best served hot!
Credit: FirstCry Parenting
2) Ginger Fried Rice
It may be quite a surprise to find fried rice on a list of confinement recipes, but this savoury meal is especially good for new mommies! For multiple generations, new mothers have benefited from ginger as it can effectively stimulate the production of breast milk.
You will need:
1½ tbsp of sesame oil
2 inches ginger, chopped into thin strips
1½ bowl of leftover rice
1 tsp of light soy sauce
1 stalk of chopped spring onion
1 stalk of chopped coriander leaves
- In the pan, heat sesame oil and fry ginger shreds until fragrant.
- Add beaten eggs into the oil.
- When the eggs are almost cooked, add the rice followed by light soy sauce and stir until everything is mixed and cooked evenly.
- When you are almost finished, add spring onion and coriander leaves at the last minute!
Note: You may also add meat of your choice, like chicken! Cook and add before adding the beaten eggs.
3) Chocolate & Pomegranate Oats
Crave something sweet? This chocolate and pomegranate oats would make a great dessert or late night snack! “But wait, can I eat chocolate during confinement?” Sure you can! Opt for the dark ones and preferably with the least added sugar.
Oats are excellent in aiding breast milk production and dark chocolate can lower the risk of heart diseases! Not to mention, both dark chocolate and pomegranate contain excellent antioxidant properties.
You will need:
120g of rolled oats
1 tbsp of dark chocolate chips
120g pomegranate seeds
½ cup of oat milk
- Stir all the ingredients in one container that has a lid
- Cover the container and refrigerate overnight
- Stir again before serving and gradually add oat milk if you’d like it in thinner consistency.
Credit: The Asian Parent
4) Blanched Veggies
It goes without saying that vegetables make some of the best sources of various nutrients like vitamin and potassium! Choose several confinement vegetables with their own unique taste which you already like, so you will still like them whether cooked with other ingredients or eaten on their own. Below is one extremely easy recipe you can prepare your vegetable dish.
You will need:
1-3 types of vegetables (anything like broccoli and choy sum)
2 tbsp of sesame oil
A dash of black pepper
- Heat up a sufficient amount of water
- Add sesame oil, ginger slices, and black pepper
- Once it starts to boil, add the vegetable(s).
- Scoop out once cooked, after about 3 – 4 minutes and serve!
5) Greenie Smoothie
Can’t end this golden recipe list without adding a drink, can we? As a new mom who breastfeeds, you are bound to get thirsty at all times. Not only this recipe will give you a yummy beverage to slurp on, but it also contains ingredients like spinach and dates that can increase milk production and also promote healthy breast tissue.
You will need:
1 cup of almond milk
(½) cup of young coconut meat
2 tbsp of hemp protein powder
2-3 pitted dates
(½) tsp vanilla flavor
2 handfuls of fresh spinach (or more, if you’d like!)
1 cup of frozen strawberries
A handful of ice
- Blend the almond milk, coconut meat, dates, spinach, and vanilla flavour altogether until liquified
- Add in frozen strawberries and ice
- Blend until it gives you the consistency you prefer
- Serve and enjoy!
It is a popular notion that preparing proper food for confinement can take up too much time and may even be troublesome for some mommies who need extra rest to recover. Hopefully, this list has proven you the opposite! With the above lactation-enhancing recipes, you won’t spend any longer than half an hour in the kitchen! You would be surprised to find the countless easy confinement recipes with proper ingredients out there!
However, no one understands new mothers better than us. Sometimes you are simply not up for anything that involves stepping into the kitchen – at all. Have your daily confinement meals delivered to your doorstep!
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