Is it ok to take herbal tonics during confinement while breastfeeding?
As a mum who just delivered her baby, you know that the next 4 weeks of confinement is an important time for both you and your newborn.
Apart from resting and recovering from the long and challenging labour that you just went through, it is also crucial that you work hard to establish a breastfeeding routine. And that involves making sure that you eat right to keep up with the demands of your baby.
According to Annabel Karmel, a leading expert and bestselling author of books on mother and baby nutrition, keeping up a good milk supply not only depends on what you eat or drink.
It is also important for mum to take care of herself and rest well — as your newborn is bound to keep you up all night.
Chinese confinement food and tonic
In the Chinese culture, there are various types of confinement food that new mothers consume to help their bodies recover and boost their milk supply. There are also tonic wines and concoctions that are believed to provide warmth to the body and help mum rest better at night.
The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK advises that mums limit themselves to 1 to 2 drinks per week while breastfeeding. However, there are many breastfeeding mums who avoid alcohol altogether — just to be on the safe side.
In fact, I was presented with a massive bottle of tonic wine during my last confinement.
Although the recommendation was to drink this a few times a day, I tried to keep it to just once a day before bedtime. As a breastfeeding mum, I was concerned about the alcohol content of the drink.
This led me to wonder if there is a tonic drink that does not contain alcohol and so I started to do some research on the matter.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there actually is a non-alcoholic herbal tonic drink that is available in Singapore called Huiji Waist Tonic.
This would certainly help to ease the worries of mums who are concerned about alcohol getting passed down to their baby through breastfeeding, when taking other traditional tonic wines.
Find out more about Huiji Waist Tonic on the next page.