Postpartum Gifts from Other Cultures

At FOODprofile, nutritionists work with new mothers to ensure they take the guesswork out of eating healthily for baby and for themselves. Food choices are based on what the mother’s body can readily process to ensure that natural infant feeding and achieving a satisfactory weight loss is easier, once baby has been born. Nurturing themselves and their babies becomes simpler, easier and more effective.

By working with FOODprofile, new mothers take the guesswork out of any desire to return to a more natural weight, while focussing on providing good nourishment for themselves and nurturing for the baby, because looking after a little baby can be tiring and time-consuming.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is an important practice called “Confinement” which dates all the way back to the year 960. This practice takes place during what Westerners call the postpartum period. According to TCM, new mums are more susceptible to cold air. For at least one month after giving birth, new mothers are expected to remain in the home, so she can rest, heal and recover from childbirth.

During this time, new mothers are advised to “sit” for at least one month to rebuild their energy and are to follow special diets. They are encouraged to not do very much while healing. They are advised to not eat cold foods. Aside from that, there are other foods which should not be consumed including watermelon and bananas.

In Chinese Medicine diet and nutrition are key aspects of the postpartum phase. Great emphasis is placed on postpartum and postpartum foods which stimulate the production of natural breast milk. Fennel and fenugreek herbs and teas are known for helping with breast milk production. Stews are an important part of recovery foods, because they are to be eaten warm and this includes eating vegetable stews as well as fish and meat stews too. Protein is important at this stage of the pregnancy and postpartum journey.

London-based, nutrition and diet specialists, FOODprofile, work with postpartum women in a way that makes the process of inner healing and recovery quicker than most other western diets.

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