Jan 24 2008

What food to eat/avoid for breastfeeding moms?

Published by at 9:16 pm under All,Breastfeeding,Brfg: Tips/ Opinion

I am often asked these 2 questions by new breastfeeding moms:
- What food should I avoid eating?
- What food can help boost my production?

What food to avoid?
I consider myself as too modern for this society. I don’t really follow the confinement rules in the first month of giving birth. And I don’t really believe in things that I must avoid during breastfeeding, unless told so by medical doctors. So, I can’t really answer this part.

Some said it is bad to drink coffee, but my doctor (a lactating consultant + pediatrician) encouraged me, which would help relaxing and ultimately help milk production. You see my point? Of course, she only encourages a small amount, one cup a day is considered acceptable.

Food that can boost breast milk – my secret recipe
Strange enough, those Chinese confinement foods are found to be very good in boosting milk production. Maybe that’s why they were meant for daily consumption in the 1st month after giving birth!

Vinegar Pork Knuckles and Ginger Wine Chicken are one of the two that I love eating, and they are effective. I’m sure you can get the recipe someone when you google.

I discovered, modified and tested one recipe, which is proven to be effective. It is the Green Papaya Tongsui (sweet soup).

To make it effective, you must find green papaya, i.e. raw papaya with the skin green and the pulp white. Wash the skin thoroughly, deseeds, cut the pulp together with the skin into cubes. Then cook in a pot with sugar, white fungus, and deseeded red dates.

I heard that green papaya has a kind of substance that can boost the breasts. Even if you are not breastfeeding, but want a bigger bust, you can drink this soup as well. LOL!

Fenugreek Seeds
There is one other ingredient that works. The fenugreek seed, or biji-halba, is a spice frequently used by Indian in cooking fish.

You can’t eat much of the seeds in normal cooking. I’ve heard that a doctor in SS2/PJ grind the seeds into powder and put in capsules for sale. It is medically proven to help boost breast milk. The only concern is, when overdosed, the body will have a maple syrup smell, in perspiration.

I’ve never bought those capsules. I just bought the seeds, put a teaspoon of it in a cup, and simmer it like how I would with tealeaves. The taste is a little bitter, but not too bad – just like tea! Of course with a different smell and taste. If you want milk, you’ll be able to tolerate with those stuff. LOL!


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5 responses on What food to eat/avoid for breastfeeding moms?

5 Responses to “What food to eat/avoid for breastfeeding moms?”

  1. Stephanie Kokon 25 Jan 2008 at 11:42 am

    Confinement food make me sick. Can’t take it. Got high fever after that. Always not feeling well.

    I avoid a lot of Chinese herbs but still got a lot of breastmilk lah..phew..thank God for it. :)

  2. Busy Beeon 28 Jan 2008 at 6:30 pm

    i also drank red bean soup with lily buds, brown sugar and old ginger. and eating durian also helped. milk seems to be creamier the day after : )

  3. suzetteon 29 Jan 2008 at 11:24 am

    Stephanie: Ya, they are really hot, which I can’t take too. But I’m too modern to follow 100%. I asked my mom to use only a little ginger, just to taste, and a little alcohol only. :) That helps a lot.

    Busy Bee: Me too! Those really helps. Red bean soup and Durian. There are other things like Fish Bone soup with fenugreek seeds, Oats, etc. And I think Durian has the most superb effect – very creamy milk. :D

  4. choohkon 10 Oct 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Suzette…will keep in mind to try them out. Just a question though, the “Green Papaya Tongsui”, will it have a raw taste?

  5. suzetteon 10 Oct 2008 at 2:27 pm

    choohk: Green Papaya Tongsui will not have raw taste, if you boil long enough until it turns soft. Remember to add a lot of red dates as it will add sweetness to the soup, since the papaya is too raw to give any taste. :)

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