We know, it can get a little confusing, but confinement is an essential part of your body’s path to recovery. Eating the right foods and maintaining the right diet can ensure that your body is properly replenished.
Your baby gets his/her nutrition from you, so having healthy meals jammed packed nutrients is paramount. Postpartum confinement food consists of daily meals designed to steer and recondition the mother’s body for a better recovery after childbirth.
Let’s make things simple, here’s a list of foods that you should take to help restore your body to its natural state (Recipes and video tutorials included!).
Oats are high in protein, fibre, and vitamins and are a great source of energy for breastfeeding mothers.
It is essential for your body to have adequate fibre during confinement to avoid constipation.
You can check out some healthy and healthy oat recipes with The Cooking Foodie.
2. Leafy Vegetables
Eat your greens! Especially for ladies in confinement, green leafy vegetables are a great source of iron, fibre, Vitamin A and C.
Greens like Kale, watercress, and spinach can effectively improve breast milk production (Fun fact : Spinach is also known as a superfood when it comes to replenishing blood).
We recommend Delish’s Spinach Recipes for you to kick off your leafy journey!
For those looking for something a little more exciting, you can opt for the fusion cuisine. They serve a mixture of Japanese, Mediterranean, and western cuisines such as Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cream, Chicken Chop with Chestnut in Mushroom Cream Sauce, Coq Au Vin, and Passion Fruit Apple Salmon. You can also expect a serving of dessert with your fusion dish pack.
The fusion meals not only incorporate nutrious ingredients like quinoa, salmon and barley,they are also breastfeeding friendly.
3. Pork Liver
Pork liver is well known as the source of iron and Vitamin A. It is commonly consumed by most confinement mothers to replenish their blood after childbirth.
While it reaps great benefits for the blood, pork pork innards like the intestines, kidneys and liver must be consumed in moderation as these may cause uric acid and high cholesterol.
While the sound of pork liver might be overwhelming for you, there are many different cooking styles to make the dish much more appealing and Tian Wei Signature Traditional Dishes provide that selection for you!
4. Brown Rice
Brown rice has hormone stimulants which boost lactation, increasing breast milk production. It also gives nursing moms the extra energy that is required post-delivery.
Also, it helps increase the appetite so as to enable the mother to eat nutritious food.
For those that find holding a wok too tedious, follow Melaine Cooks’s brown rice recipes with the use of a rice cooker!
5. Chinese Rice Wine
Made from fermented glutinous rice and was widely consumed by Chinese mothers during confinement, rice wine is a warming supplement to expel “wind” from the body and to maintain the body’s heat.
Chinese rice wine has a lower alcohol content compared to other types of wine and is usually used to promote blood circulation.
As we all know, pregnancy and childbirth cause a huge drain on all the nutrients in our body. Therefore it is vital to replenish the lost blood and nutrients during confinement in order to nurse our bodies back to health.
Often, we don’t know how tough being a mother is until we become mums ourselves.
Whether it’s your first time or if you’re a seasoned mummy, we hope that this list of resources was useful to you to transit into Motherhood!
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