Category Archives: Post Natal

Post Natal

Lactation Cookies for Diet Watcher

“Lactation cookies, diet cookies, or brain-boosting cookies? All in ones.”

I have been eating overnight oat porridge in the past weeks, for milk supply as well as losing weight. No more eating out breakfast at McDonald or IKEA Cafe, I determined to shed away the unwanted fat from my last pregnancy! However, I really need to go out early in the morning tomorrow, I couldn’t stay back for oat meal breakfast… there suddenly had an urge to bake some lactation cookies. I guess I could just bring some cookies out with me tomorrow morning, and to have these cookies for tea in the next two weeks!

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Overnight Oat Porridge

“Many reasons to start eating healthy oat meal porridge”

It has been in trend to make overnight oat meal for breakfast in the breastfeeding community, but I have more reasons to start having it on daily basis. Not only for increasing break milk supply, I need this healthy low-fat meal to kick start my dieting plan, too.

However, as many would agree, who likes oat porridge?! So many people, including myself, were having this impression that oat meal is for the sick patient, and it taste yucky…. but but, let me tell you now, it’s not true!

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Green Papaya & Pork Knuckle Soup

“Soup for nursing mums”

Yes. This soup is great for increasing breast milk supply, and hence, it turns out to be an important and great confinement soup dish, especially beneficial to the new mummies who are breastfeeding their new born during this period.

Green papaya soup is also recommended by the hospital. If you happen to browse their lactation leaflet, you will notice some recipe suggestions listed on it include the green papaya soup. Mostly using fish meat to complement the soup, but I personally believe the better effect in increasing milk supply by adding pork knuckle (pork hock) instead.

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Steamed Cod Fish with Wolfberry & Ginger

“Cod Fish is especially great to be taken during confinement, if you are breastfeeding your infant. For great taste, for reduced caloric burden, for more milk supply…. for more DHA! “

As what I’ve captioned above, I personally loved to eat Cod fish during my confinemen month, for the same reasons. I had it almost every other day. I loved Cod fish for its non-fishy scent, milky flavour and silky smooth and soft texture mingling in my palate.

Yes, need not to marinate or season the Cod in advance, if you have gotten the fresh portion. Don’t even need to wash with salted or vinegared water, simply rinse it with tap water, you may cook the Cod straight with the simplest method!

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Pork Knuckle in Sweetened Black Vinegar with Ginger (猪脚姜醋)

One of the main postpartum dishes not to be missed during confinement

This is one of my favourite dishes, even not in confinement. I would have this pork in sweet vinegar dish once in awhile when I have craving for it.

It is especially important, to be taken after child-birth as it claimed to help in warming the new mother’s stomach, shrinking uterus, tonifying inner energy – ‘Qi’, promoting blood circulation, and much more!

Ingredients
1 whole pork knuckle, chopped into chunks

800 gram of old ginger, peeled and lightly mashed
1 litre of sweetened black rice vinegar aka sweet vinegar (甜醋)
1/2 bowl of black bean (黑豆)

2 blocks of palm sugar aka Gula Melaka (each about 3″ in length)

Optional:
4-5 eggs, hard boiled and shelled

Method
1) Boil sweet vinegar, ginger and black bean in a large claypot and boil over high heat till bubbling. Then, add palm sugar. Reduce heat to low fire to simmer till it releases aroma.

2) Heat off and leave it to cool overnight. Need not to store in refrigerator.

3) Re-heat the vinegar soup over medium fire. Add in pork knuckle, and continue cooking till pork meat soften, about 30 minutes. Cover claypot with its lid.

To add the hard-boiled eggs, simply add the eggs at the last 10 minutes of the cooking process. Heat off and serve with steamed plain rice.

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Red Dates & DangShen Tea

Happy Confinement

A strict confinement is more like a Asian ritual. For Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia, we have to go through a 30-40 days long of confinement after birth, with various confinement restrictions as well as confinement diet comprising ‘heaty’ tonic food that helps to get rid of inner wind and water retention in the body.

According to my mum and many Chinese old folks, consumption of quality confinement food and tonic soup is vital in achieving great post natal recovery. The main ingredients of confinement cooking are old ginger, sesame oil, red dates, rice/ glutinous rice wine, sweet vinegar, and etc. During the confinement period, we are not allowed to drink plain water, too. Sounds crazy? That’s what my mum believes, at least. She claimed that drinking plain water within a month after birth may introduce more wind into the body. Hence, only red dates drink, herbal soup, hot beverages, such as Milo and Horlick, are to be drank. You won’t believe it, even to take a bath, this special herb, Da Feng Ai, has to infused into your hot bathing water! No plain water allowed, even for a bath… (laughing).

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