“Have you ever cried over spilled milk? Literally.”
Zuo Yue Food co-founder Pauline was sharing recently on her confinement days with her firstborn. Back then, during the first week of postpartum, she woke up every 2-4 hours to feed and pump milk until she finally reached 80 ml, which was an achievement back then. But alas! She accidentally spilled the pumped milk due to exhaustion.
Heartbroken, she literally cried and cried over spilled milk. I’m sure any breastfeeding mummies would be able to identify with her on this.
Thankfully, she had nutritious confinement soups to aid her breastfeeding journey which helped her to rebuild the abundant supply of milk in the fridge in a short period of time.
The postpartum period is a resting time for mothers after childbirth. During this period, it is ideal to consume warm healing foods to speed up the recovery of their body and protect themselves from any exposure to any illnesses. Soups are a great source of nutrition for mothers in confinement. Not only do they contain ingredients that are rich in vitamins and minerals, but soups are also a valuable addition to confinement diets to keep you calm.
Different soups have different functions in promoting the healing of bodies after childbirth. From a variety of chicken soups to pork rib soups, here is all you need to know about the different types of confinement soups and their nutritional values
Photo: Zuo Yue Food Signature Papaya Threadfin Fish Soup
Papaya Fish Soup is a top favorite among mothers in confinement. It is believed that this soup plays a vital role in boosting the milk supply of breastfeeding mothers. Fish contain high quality proteins and many essential nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, helping to build and strengthen muscles in our bodies. Other than threadfin, other fish such as snapper and codfish can also be incorporated in the papaya fish soup. On the other hand, papaya comprises antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Filled with nutrients and enzymes, it also improves the digestive system of mothers. This is critical as a healthy digestive system prevents constipation, protects the uterus, and prevents any pressure on your womb and body.
2. Chicken Ginger Wine Soup
Chicken and fried egg are not only good sources of protein, but they also contain excellent blood-enhancing properties. Rice wine in this soup has enzymes that help to cleanse and contract the uterus. Additionally, ginger is a natural galactagogue which helps to improve breast milk production without any notable side effects. It is also a healthy spice which supports the immune system and reduces inflammation after birth. Hence, this mineral-rich soup keeps the body warm, eliminates wind, and speeds up the recovery of the body.
3. Chinese Wild Yam Pork Rib Soup
Pork ribs are not only tender and delicious, but it carries high-quality protein, iron, and zinc, to help to nourish vitality and blood after childbirth, as well as strengthen the bones. Additionally, the Chinese wild yam is known for its ability to enhance vigor, promote muscle growth, aid digestion, and repair worn-out tissues. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, namely vitamin B-1, vitamin C, amino acids, and glutamine. Hence, the Chinese yam pork rib soup is an ideal soup to consume to alleviate body fatigue and boost your energy.
4. Black Bean Angelica Chicken Soup
Black beans are magical ingredients which are rich in iron and protein, and also improves your digestive system. On the other hand, angelica, also known as 当归, does an excellent job in replenishing the blood and resolving stasis. These nutritious ingredients, paired with protein-rich and tender chicken meat, form a nourishing mix which invigorates the blood and warms the body.
Other than the soups mentioned above, Zuo Yue Food also offers a wide range of other soups which enhances the natural recovery process for mothers in their postpartum journey. These soups include immunity-boosting odoratum chicken soup, calming herbal black chicken ginseng soup, nourishing arrowroot pork rib soup with carrot and wolfberry, and more. These soups are all nourishing, savory, and healthy, catered to replenish the energy and health of mothers in confinement. Soups are also a great source of hydration, which is crucial during this period, especially when breastfeeding. Order our Confinement Packages and enjoy the wide range of healthy soups we have for you.