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Query from: Anonymous, United States, 06/02/08
Topic: TODDLER      Submitted on:
Subject: after- delivery diet.

Dear Amma, I recently delivered a baby girl. I would like to know what I should be having with regards to diet that will help me with nursing the baby (producing more milk). In tamil they say patthiya saapaadu (after- delivery diet). If you could give me ideas on what I should take-in, that will help me a great deal. Thanks

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Response from: Lathaa Manavalan,   
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Post Delivery Care The New Indian Express - Tuesday, April 23, 2002 Dr. Reji Thomas The diet, habits and medicines Ayurveda offers for women after delivery help a great deal in reducing post-delivery complications. During pregnancy, the mother's body undergoes a series of structural and functional variations. These natural adaptations aim at the safe and healthy development of the foetus, as well as facilitating the process of normal labour. After delivery, she needs good care and attention to regain normalcy and to prevent post-natal complications which may sometimes sustain for long.

Ayurveda is a way of life than just a system of medicine. It offers guidance on diet, habits and medicines for 'soothika'. (The mother is termed soothika till the 45th day of delivery or till the onset of menstrual periods again) Post-natal care in Ayurveda aims at: Prevention of infection and incidence of excessive bleeding.

Relief in body pains and weakness.

Supporting the process of 'involution' of uterus (by which the uterus regain almost its shape and size, after delivery)

Enhancing the production of breast milk.

Correcting digestion troubles.

Over-all repair and toning up of muscles. Do's up to 3 days, after normal delivery: A little of finely powdered Yavaksharam mixed with cow's ghee or in warm water may be given to relieve body pains.

Panchakola choornam with cow's ghee', mixed with slightly warm rice porridge (kanji), brings back appetite and ease the discomfort in abdomen and pelvis.

An evening dose of Asokarishtam or Panchakolasavam, on Ayurvedic doctor's advice. For drinking purpose, boil water with jaggery or coriander seeds.

Gently apply medicated oil over belly and bandage with thick cloth.

For bath, boil water with Nalpamara Choornam. From 4th to 7th day: Normal vegetarian diet, to be taken warm.

If appetite is good, it is recommended to prepare rice porridge in water, earlier boiled with medicines constituting Vidaryadi Kwath. This may be given with cow's ghee.

Apply medicated oils all over the body and massage gently for 10-15 minutes. After an hour, give bath in warm water, preferably boiled with Nalpamara Choornam. From the 8th day onwards: Medicines like Dhanwantaram Kwath, Dasamoolarishtam, Abhayarishtam, Jeerakarishtam, Mandooravatakam, Ashtachoornam, Asokarishtam, Vidaryadi lehyam, Drakshadi Rasayanam may be used on doctor's advice. DON'TS: Do not expose to cold, or hot Sun. Avoid consuming ice-cold water/food and spicy food. No non-veg items up to 2 weeks after delivery.

Abstain from physical exertion, strain and sex.

These modalities are applicable up to a minimum of 45 days and sometimes may be extended to 90 days. Now, modified herbal massages by trained masseurs are widely recommended for better results. After-care for Caesarean section:

Caesarean operations being common these days the routine for care is relevantly modified and recommended as below: Up to 3 days: Deepyakadi Choornam/ Panchakola Choornam may be given with rice-porridge. (These medicines generally do not interact with anti-biotics or analgesics)

From 4th to 7th day: Light food with cow's ghee. Evening dose of Panchakolasavam/Asokarishtam as per advice.

8th to 15th day: Prepare rice-porridge with milk and Vathahara drugs (eg.Dhanwantaram)

From 16th to 25th day: Normal diet with soup.

After 30 days: Medicated oil applications, gentle massage and bath in warm water up to the next 3 months. Many may wonder how relevant are these good old pieces of advice today. Young mothers may even plead for the food of their liking within a few days of delivery, quite ignorant of their body system's helplessness.

We should remember that this 'Veda of living' helped our grannies, who gave birth to at least half-a-dozen children, worked hard for livelihood without prolapsed uterus, nagging back pain or bleeding and never heard of hysterectomy and incisional hernea.

Though lifestyle has changed a lot, these concepts are still practical with healthy alterations on the advice of a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

For milk secretion take 1 litre of water and boil with one teaspoon of saunf and 1 ts agwain (sombu and ommum)and drink that water whole day. In allopathy lactonic granules will do good. In alternate medicine satavarex is good.

For milk secretion

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Response from: Ms saipriya r,   
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Dear Anonymous ,

There is a myth in Indian society that desi ghee should be taken. Dont do it, you will become fat, just have a balanced diet with lots of green vegetables, paneer, salad, daal and dahi etc. Take less of carbohydrates, I mean chapatti and rice. rich high protein n vitamins diet should be taken by the mother after delivery of the child. You should take lot of milk n milk made things, green vegetables, fruits , Take everything and prefer home made food green vegetables, curd, milk and dont take cold drinks avoid chinese food because it is not good for a babies feed. healthy rich in minerals vitamins take diet chart from the doctor as well

good luck ,

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.

Please see… for Recipe of Sweet fenugreek pongal. This recipe is good for Nursing Mothers.


Sona Masoori rice- 1/4 cup Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 cup Jaggery - to taste Cardamom- 1 no


Soak the fenugreek seeds over night.Cook the rice and fenugreek seeds in pressure cooker with 1 cup water.

Heat little water, dissolve jaggery in it. Once it is melted , filter out the dirt, if any. Simmer the heat, add the cooked rice to the jaggery back, mix well. Powder the cardamom and add to the rice. Cook till all water is absorbed. Serve hot with ghee. Add fried cashews and raisins.

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You can also see… to know about Post Pregnancy diet for New Moms to be

Post Pregnancy diet for New Moms to be

Completely avoid red and green chillies for the first one month. Instead of these, add a powder of 1 cup black pepper corns, 1&1/2 cup dhania seeds, 1/2 tsp methi seeds. In little ghee roast the above three seperately. Add 1 tsp unroasted jeera and grind to a powder. You can use this masala powder while preparing dishes. Just use this instead of all the other powders you would normally use.

After delivery,most people may have gas truobles,constipation etc.So it is wise to avoid gassy foods in the beginning.Also if you are breastfeeding avoid gassy foods because they can cause tummy troubles for the baby.

Avoid potatoes,daals,cruciferous veggies like cabbage,broccoli,cauliflower,etc for the first 6-12 weeks.

Have spinach,fenugreek,milk .

Drink lots of water. All foods are safe to eat,but try to avoid too spicy foods.

If you suffer from constipation,prune juice,spinach,broccoli,fiberous foods are good.

If you have gas,try ginger ale(non-alcholic version),or make at home.

Add more ginger and garlic to your diet.

Avoid arbi & bhindi. In bananas, try to avoid the green variety and eat the small yellow ones.

Also completely avoid mangoes of all types after your delivery. Avoid eating chole, rajma and any other heavy pulses/beans.

As long as you breast feed avoid excess oil and spices.

Add enough proteins to each part of your meal. You can add dal slowly one at a time and see if baby develops gas or not. If any dal or food gives baby gas avoid it.

Eat badam and walnuts. It will increase the DHA and RHA in the breastmilk which is important for babies brain.

Take your prenatal vitamins as long as you breastfeed.

Drink lot of water. Also drink a glass of water/liquid before each breast feeding sessions. It will help milk let down.

Diet to increase the milk of a nursing mother: You can take 1 tea spoon fenugreek powder every day, 2 - 3 fresh garlic or small onion, drink at least milk 4 glasses a day.

Once a day,add 2 tablespoon cooked green gram dhal with out skin in milk. To prepare this first cook the dhal and add milk and sugar. Many of the drugs reach babies through breast milk and few of them are harmful for the baby. It is better to consult your doctor before taking any medication.

Millagu Koyambu is considered to be a good post-delivery diet for women.

Please see… for Recipe of Millagu Koyambu

Millagu Koyambu


Tamarind - Size of a small lime Bengalgram dhal - One tbsp Toor dhal - Half tbsp Coriandar seeds - Two tsp Pepper corns - Two tsp

Aniseeds - Two tsp Asafoetida - A pinch Curry leaves - A small bunch Oil - To fry Salt - To taste Red Chillies (Dried)- 5 Custard seeds - Half tsp


Soak tamarind in a little hot water for few minutes.

Fry all the ingredients other than salt till they turn golden colour. Grind the ingredients along with soaked tamarind adding required quantity of salt to a smooth paste. Mix the paste with little water .

Pour a little oil in a pan, when it becomes little hot add custard seeds. Add the ground paste and fry till the paste leaves the smell of the tamarind. Add more oil if required.

This preparation will be slightly thick. If you desire to have it in a liquid form add sufficient water.

It can be preserved in refrigerator for nearly a week. Just re-heat it before serving.

Usage: This can be mixed with plain cooked rice or used as a side dish for curd rice.

Medicinal values: Millagu Koyambu is one of the South Indian delicacy which is widely popular in Tamil Nadu. This has got more medicinal values. This is considered to be a good post-delivery diet for women.

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