I found even more lactation recipes online that I thought I would share:
RED DATES TEA
8 stoned red dates
50g black beans, pan-fried without oil (My confinement Nanny taught me to fry a lot & keep in an air-tight container.)
10g dried longan flesh
20g "Tong Sum" ("DangShen")
4 slices old ginger
Rinse everything and put in a crockpot (slow cooker). Put in boiling water to 3/4 full (~1.25litres of water). Simmer for about 2 to 3 hrs. Usually I put in everything (except I use cool tap water) at night before I go to bed. In the morning, it is fragrant & ready!
Sieve the tea to drink throughout the day. Can drink as often as you wish.
1 white fish tail or fish bones or fish meat ~ about 1kg
100g raw peanuts ~ 1 handful?
(I use black beans now because the pediatrician advised me to avoid peanuts due to my baby's mild eczema)
1 raw or half-ripe papaya, about 1kg - cut into cubes/wedges
1 piece tangerine peel
4 slices old ginger
1.5 litres boiling water
2 Tablespoons oil
Heat oil & fry ginger slices, then fry fish in oil until brown.
Then put all ingredients into the slow cooker and simmer for about 2 to 3 hrs - generally until the soup smells really fragrant.
Then enjoy the drink!
Another way that my Mother-in-Law swears by - she says that's what the lactating mothers in her Village (in Guangzhou China) cook, is just to put "Bak Zao Yu" (Dried Octopus?) instead of the fish. Then all you need to do is to rinse all ingredients & put in slow cooker. My MIL also says to use really RAW papaya (when the sap is still "dripping" - now where would I find that, huh?).
FILIPINO SAYOTE CHICKEN SOUP
(Learnt this recipe from a Filipino Mother. Adding the Sayote to an otherwise ordinary Chicken Soup seems to make it really sweet & delicious!)
1 Sayote (or "Choyate" - can even buy from NTUC supermarket or wet markets), cut into cubes.
1 or 2 large chicken thighs (scald & rinse)
1 or 2 tomatoes, cut into quarters.
1 onion, cubed.
2 slices ginger
1 carrot, cubed.
Put all ingredients into the crockpot with Hot water and simmer for at least 2 hours. I also like to use this soup for chicken macaroni - then the older kids can also have a meal of it!
This recipe was obtained from the Pumping Mothers' Mailing List that I subscribe to.
1/2 cup frozen undiluted orange juice (or any fresh fruit, a couple of bananas, peaches, blueberries, strawberries),
1 cup fresh skim milk,
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract,
1-3 teaspoons Safflower Oil.
Blend all the above in a blender.
3/4 cup instant powdered skim milk,
1/4 - 1/2 cup Brewer's Yeast (may want to start low and build-up STRONG TASTE).
Stir above mixture in 2-3 cups skim milk. Drink at least 1/2 cup at a time, at least 4 times a day.
(Brewer's Yeast is available at health food and natural stores. Also some pharmacies and grocery stores)
I haven't tried it myself. Why not try it yourself and see? One mother on my Asia Parents' List had this comment: "I've tried making this once. Not bad tasting, but I only drank for two days. Still cannot see the difference. I think you have to drink many days in order to see the result. For me, enough sleep makes much more difference."
Some mothers also say that eating flavourful foods that contain lots of spices (like in Curries), garlic, ginger, etc. seems to help. You might also want to read about the effects of the culinary spice (commonly used in Indian Curries) "Fenugreek - Overlooked but Not Forgotten" on breastmilk production.
Fennel/ Barley Water
Ingredients – half cup of pearled barley, 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
1. Prepare barley water by soaking half cup barley in 3 cups of water and boil for 25 minutes
2. Strain out the barley drink and add into soup
3. Pour 1 cup of barley of boiling barley over 1 teaspoon fennel seeds and steep for no longer then 30 minutes.
Tip: This combination not only increases the breast milk but also ease the afterpains and settles the digestion of the mother and baby
Ingredients – Seaweed ( get from korean shop), Sesame Oil, Organic stewed beef / clam (you may omit for vegetarian), 4-5 cloves of garlic, beef dashida ( or beef / clam stock), Sea salt, 4-5 cups of water
1. Take a handful of seaweed and soak in cold water for about 15 mins. The seaweed will expand and soften.
2. Drain and cut the seaweed into smaller pieces
3. Pour a bit of sesame oil into the cooking pan. Heat the pan to medium and add garlic and seaweed and stir
4. Add water and beef
5. Bring all together until boil
6. Season with salt and 1 teaspoon of dashida
Tip: korean swear to this must-have recipe for increasing of milk supply. Consume twice a day to help increase milk supply.