As an expecting mother, you’re likely to spend much time preparing for your baby - furniture and baby necessities, parenting guides, and routine checkups on their progress. Keep in mind that your health and recovery are just as important!
Why is postpartum nutrition so important?
Postpartum typically lasts 6 to 8 weeks from your baby’s birth. During this time, you will go through many changes, both emotionally and physically. How you nourish your body in this period is important for your health, and your baby’s growth and development when you’re breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding women burn an approximately 500 calories more than usual per day, so make sure you’re eating plenty of protein, calcium and fluids to stay healthy and produce nutritious breast milk. Keep a balanced diet that includes lean meats, high-fiber foods, low-fat dairy products and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating well post-pregnancy will help speed up your recovery and promote milk production tremendously. Not to forget your fluids well - water, fruit juice and tea are great for hydration during postpartum.
Here are a couple of recipes to boost your nutrient intake and for nursing mamas out there!
Red date longan tea
Known to be a confinement signature, the Red Date Longan Tea is extremely nutritious and packed with lots of health benefits. Like what its name suggests - all you need is really just 2 ingredients!
70g seedless red date
50g of dried longan
(optional) 20g goji berries
Total Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Prep Time - 5 mins
Cook Time - 25-30 mins
Inactive time - 1 hr
Cut red dates into small pieces and soak in water for an hour.
Transfer the red dates with soaking water into a pot. Add in dried longans
Boil for 25 mins. Optional: Add in the goji berries and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Strain tea to cups and it’s ready to be served!
Packed with Vitamin C, this naturally sweet drink helps nourish, replenish blood and revitalizes overall body and health wellness -