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About breast feeding:


1: Can I have sufficient milk, especially when my breast is in size A?

Yes. Mother’s body is designed to feed the baby she delivered. If you could give birth to your baby, you can surely fill his or her belly with full breast milk.


2: Can I drink lots of water to gain milk?

No. Simple water does not contain nutrition for body to generate milk. Directly drink large amount of water will bring too much wind to the mommy body, may lead to baby loose motion and mother stomach upset in confinement stage.


3: Can I drink lots of Porridge to gain milk?

No. Porridge has limited nutrition, not enough for breastfeeding mommy, plus, intake too much porridge will make the tummy loose and baggy, not good for figure recovery.


4: What to do to get enough milk?

Have sufficient soups to compensate the body liquid balance, take suitable herbs to make up the vital energy loss due to delivery and breastfeeding; have sufficient sleep.


5: How to avoid milk engorgement?

Continuous feeding to baby with regular intervals; empty breast in each feeding; massage breast with warm towel before feeding; Avoid oily food.


6: What to do if I got milk engorgement?

Do: Have herbal soups to soothing milk gland; massage with warm towel; continue feeding baby more frequently; completely empty breast every 2 hours; 

Do nots: stop feeding, have milk boosting medicine, cold cabbage coverage on breast (it will sooth the pain, but stop milk).


7: Should I take antibiotics to cure milk engorgement?

Normal milk engorgement could be solved without antibiotics; just massage gently and continue feeding baby with short and regular intervals, you will recover gradually. Or,  pretty mommy staff could help you solve milk engorgement with medicine free treatment within 2 days.


8: Can I have Ginseng?

Not recommended. Ginseng is good for health, while, improper use of Ginseng could lead to non-welcomed consequences: wean breast milk; nose bleeding due to over heating; baby sexually premature. Ginseng should be taken with professional guidance.


9: Can I have Chicken?

Only can have male chicken, as more than 1-year old female chicken contains hormones which hinder milk generation.


10: Can I directly take herbs and cook at home for confinement?

Certain herbs are essential for confinement recovery and milk boosting, while the quantity and timing should be controlled to achieve optimum result without over dose and side effect in wrong timing. Recommend to take those herbs with professional guidance.


About confinement

1: Why should I have confinement food/soup after delivery?

Confinement stage is the most important period to regain and improve health for the new mommy; the health condition after confinement stage determines the mommy’s long term health. Lack of good care and failed to make up the vital energy loss in confinement stage may lead to later premature symptoms or chronic diseases.

Confinement soups are designed to accelerate physical recovery of new mommies, as well as to make up the vital energy loss during delivery. With the consideration on the impact on both mommy health and baby benefit, confinement soups are irreplaceable by any other normal food for confinement ladies.

- Normal food could not provide sufficient or complete nutrition for new mommy; - General food could not make up the vital energy loss to postnatal women; - Normal cooked food is too hard to digest for new mommies. New mommy’s

digestion system is very weak after delivery, their stomach is not able to digest

hard or oily food; - Normal food might be too salty, too sweet, or spicy for new mommies, which

may lead to stomach upset for either mommy, or baby. Confinement soups are designed to restore mommy health, make up vital loss and boost milk, they are the best food options for new mommies and baby.


2: Is soup enough for the confinement diet?

With some rice/bread and green vegetables, Dual soups could serve about 60~80% of your daily nutrition requirement. New mommies should daily take 4~6 small meals to gradually restore her health and satisfy baby’s need for milk. New mommies normally take 3~4 meals to complete the dual soups.

After delivery, new mommies need lots of nutrition to make up her energy and physical loss in delivery; while, with weak digestion system, they could not take heavy meals, hence the normal cooked solid food is not suitable for their special need.

Prettymommy’s soups are cooked with high nutrition ingredients; long-hours slow cooking has transferred most nutrition into soup, which is much easier to take and digest; In addition to the large quantity of soup materials, each soup contains around 1 liter liquid. On top of Prettymommy soups, some small quantity of rice, green vegi and fruit will be sufficient for new mommy’s daily diet.


3: What is the food I should avoid in confinement stage? 

Ice cream, cold fruits from fridge, cooling fruits or vegetables, alcohol, lots of porridge, too spicy food, certain medicines (might pass to baby),  etc.


4: What is the food I should take in confinement stage? 

Plenty of soup (to ensure breast feeding), warm food, brow rice, vegetables, warm fruits (could steam the fruit), etc.


5: What is the best time to start the confinement package? 

2 weeks before the delivery, the mommy-to-be could start the prenatal package, to gather strength and prepare for the big battle. 8 hours after delivery (or as soon as after passing gas), the new mommy could start to have the first herbal tea or soup. If the client books both the prenatal & confinement package, 9 years' old blood Ginseng will be prepared for new mommy to suckle during delivery. 


6: What should I do in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th week in confinement? 

Sleep, good nutrition and breast feed. 

And always remember talk to your husband to acknowledge his existence: the poor guy really need your warm hug and lots of love to ensure him that he is not abandoned by wife, yet -- with arise of his biggest competitor in life: the baby. 


7: How long should be confinement?

Normal modern practice, 30 days; Traditional practice, 7 weeks; Ideal case (if could afford), 100 days.

30 days, soft tissues start back normal function; after 7 weeks, body strength mostly recovers; 100 days, the bone structure will be back in shape. Because the new mommy's bone structure will change (loosen up) during delivery, it takes at least 100 days to bring the bone back in shape (to back to your beautiful figure). If you could afford 100 days confinement treatment, with nutritious and balanced diet, targeted binding, recovering massage, hopefully you could regain your beautiful figure. Otherwise, admit or not, Pregnancy and delivery is the biggest destroyer of your figure. Without good care, after delivery, the new mommy on photo could look like a beautiful doll, flattened by a roller truck.


8: Why should I keep warm in confinement stage? 

Ladies sweat a lot during confinement stage, with pores mostly open up, it's very easy to catch cold; 

Plus (the worst), during delivery, the new mommies' bone/joints have naturally been loosen up to help smooth delivery (naturally baby only has 1 exit from mommy tommy, so out body loosen up our bones to let it possibly happen). I(30 days') confinement stage, the joints are not fully recovered, back in place and sealed yet (most probably, will never back to original place -- that's why you'll find your shoe size grows bigger). So, if catch cold at this time, the "wind" could sealed in the bone/joint forever, which will lead to lots of pain and illness in later age.


9: Why does mommy sweat a lot in confinement stage?

Due to the (baby) pressure in lower belly and hence poor blood circulation, most ladies suffer from certain level of water retention in later pregnancy stage, especially in lower part of body. After delivery, the pressure is gone, the blood circulation comes back to normal, body starts to naturally get rid of extra body liquid, which shows as lots of sweat.


10: Should I reduce drinking liquid or soup to avoid sweating?

No.

Sweat is good -- a natural way to detoxify and push out "body wind". So, sweat might be the most natural way of confinement recovery. More sweat, the merrier. 

Warm soup boosts blood circulation, compensate the body water loss, balance overall body liquid. Most important, the "active" liquid from warm soup actively replace the "stagnant" body liquid from water retention, by improving the overall blood circulation. So, warm soup in confinement stage is good defense weapon to prevent leading to possible later health issues with mommies.

But too much sweating might hurt "Qi", which might show as pounding heart, short breaths, out of breath easily. To make sure the "Qi" remain strong even with lots of sweat, good care should be taken, by: taking certain herbs help "Qi", sufficient rest, and skillful breathing style.

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