After birth, a mother's appetite may be low, so the emphasis is particularly on runny, simple, sweet foods. Lots of spices and ghee are needed to help rekindle mama's digestive fire.
Ayurveda suggests that sweet taste is so valued after birth that Mothers can eat just sweet foods for the first 3 days if desired.
Please Note: These recipes are meant to be cooked FOR new mamas, not by new mamas. New mamas are just as vulnerable and needy as the newborn baby. If you are reading this and you just had a baby please ask someone to care for you and prepare these meals for you. Ideally, you'll be reading this while pregnant with time to plan and share with friends, family or your postpartum doula who will be helping after the baby is born ;-)
Hot milky drinks with jaggery and spices
Porridge and Pudding made from rice, barley, coarse semolina, oats, or quinoa with enriched spices, ghee, ground almonds or ground black sesame seeds
Soft, ripe juicy fruits
High energy, high iron dates or raisins soaked overnight
Simple vegetable broths with spices and ghee
Pumpkin or zucchini soups and purees
Quinoa and mung dhal cooked into soups are excellent sources of protein
Unrefined cane sugar, excellent for blood building, high in iron and very strengthening. Jaggery, coconut and palm sugar are heavy, moist, warm. Look in Asian or Indian stores for the darkest, softest sugar you can find. Good sugar pure sweet plant juices evaporated over low heat. The crystals and molasses have never been separated and they do not contain chemicals or anti-caking agents. If you can't find jaggery use...
Sweet and strengthening plus easy to digest Choose grade b or number 2 maple syrup if you can. If you can't find the grade number just make sure the syrup is thick and dark and doesn't have flavored syrups.
What is Ghee?
Sweet, cooling, digestive, laxative, cleansing and true postpartum nectar!
Ghee increases digestive fire. It is strengthening, satisfying and soothing. It aids digestion and is cleansing and healing. Ghee is excellent for nourishing and rehydrating your body and helps you make breast milk. It also helps prevent that strung out, wired feeling and increases oxytocin.
Ghee is considered one of the finest foods by Ayurveda. From an Ayurvedic perspective, good fats are grounding, juicy and nourishing for new moms. Good fats are sattvic, meaning they promote harmony and balance in the mind, and they help new moms to relax and sleep more deeply.
I recommend ghee from happy cows such as the Ancient Organics brand of Ghee. Eat Good Fat!
Introducing: Chef Sizzle Love!
I am a chef, postpartum doula, and owner of Positive Postpartum. Since 2015 I have been meal planning and prepping meals for families in the community. When I became a postpartum doula in 2016 my recipes veered more towards childbirth healing. I took a Professional Postpartum training with Newborn Mothers Collective and learned all about Ayurveda Postpartum Cooking. I have since studied the First Forty Days; The Essentail Art of Nourishing the New Mother and created a menu full of delicious and nutritious meals for postpartum mothers and famEssentialilies. I offer meal prep packages for mothers and families, specializing in postpartum cooking. Here are some of my menu items for the first ten days after giving childbirth!
Nepali Rice Pudding
Oat and Chia Porridge
Chia Seed Pudding
Quinoa and Veggie Soup
Add to nearly everything:
Garlic confit -- pungent, heating, oily, heavy, expels gas, expels mucus, healing, relieves cramps, aphrodisiac, disinfectant, rejuvenating
A note about Garlic Confit- Babies and Garlic -
Babies seem to love the flavor of garlic and will suck longer and drink more garlic-flavored milk than regular milk! The best garlic for new mamas is a Garlic confit; fresh purple garlic, crushed and well cooked (45 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally) in Ghee or oil. Store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge for no more than two weeks. You can add it to nearly everything!
3-4 dried dates
1 Cup Milk of choice
Soak dates in water for an hour or overnight. Use hot water is you don't have much time
Put all ingredients in a blender or stick blender to puree the date milk. Pour through a nut milk bag, fine sieve or cheesecloth to strain out dates. Serve immediately. makes 1 cup
Benefits of Date Milk
-> The sweetness of dates are peaceful
--> Nutmeg helps you sleep, lovely for bedtime routine or 1-2 hours after dinner.
---> Altogether this is a high-energy drink designed to keep you going through long hours of nighttime parenting and night feedings.
Contact Chef Sizzle Love, aka Suzanna to sign up for her Meal Preparations or Postpartum Services by emailing email@example.com
Thanks to Julia Jones and the Newborn Mother’s Collective Postpartum Professional Certification for teaching me about Ayurvedic postpartum cooking!