If you’re considering what to eat during postpartum, I hope this little window into my experience might help. During my postpartum period I opted for a very refined diet. As much as I wanted to help my baby transition into their body gracefully, I also wanted to remove as many obstacles as I could for myself. I knew I was going to breastfeed Daelu and I also knew how intense it could be to watch a breastfed child scream and cry when they’re hungry but not want to eat because of gas pains. I knew that would be really tough for me emotionally so it felt easier for me to limit what I consumed rather than trying to figure out what, if anything, was causing an issue.
There was another upside to this choice: physical energy conservation. I focused on eating easy to digest meals and, after being hospitalized, I basically ate the same 2 meals for the following 6 weeks. My body went through so much within the first week after giving birth and I really needed every single spec of energy I could find within myself. Eating easy to digest food meant that the energy in my system that would’ve gone towards digestion was now available for healing.
This is what I didn’t eat during postpartum:
Cauliflower & Broccoli
Super cold foods (like ice cream)
I’ve been gluten free for 7 years, already ate limited refined sugars, no soy, and had cut out nightshades a few months before birth. So, while this may seem extreme to some, it wasn’t that big of a leap for me. Plus, my husband was eating grain free already so our kitchen was well prepared.
This is what I did eat during postpartum:
Meats & Bone Broths
Nuts & Seeds
My staple items:
black sesame seeds
After being put on high doses of antibiotics (from nearly dying due to a blood infection), I also cut out fruit for a few weeks - which was super difficult for me. But I was really dedicated because I didn’t want to deal with thrush (yeast overgrowth) after already having so much on my plate. Once I finished all rounds of antibiotics, and spent about 2 weeks rebuilding my gut flora with lots of pro & prebiotics, I reintroduced fruit. I waited a bit to feel confident that I wasn’t so vulnerable to thursh and then I also added some grain free, refined sugar free cookies because this shit was so emotional and cookies helped.
My two staple meals during this time were stew served over squash & sweet potatoes (pictured above), and shredded chicken mixed with sweet potatoes. Both were topped with black vinegar, black sesame paste/seeds, and sesame oil.