A few suggestions for new mothers

  • Get rest whenever you can. Rest mentally and physically nap when baby naps. Do this even if you had an easy birth and feel good. What you do now influences your recovery later
  • Accept help from others such as housecleaning, childcare, meals etc.
  • Do very little cooking or housework. In particular, when you first get home, don’t do any.  This is a great time to accept offers of meals and housecleaning
  • Schedule time for yourself
  • Keep visitors to a minimum and limit visiting time
  • Eat! Your body requires 500 – 1,000 extra calories a when you are nursing.  Make it healthy!
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Don’t jump into an exercise routine or diet right away.  
  • Keep, yourself warm and stay in seclusion with baby for the first few weeks.   Be easy on yourself, allow for things to take time and effort.

Ayurvedic guidelines of foods to favor for maximizing comfort and rejuvenation:

Keep foods wet warm and oily. Soups, stews and kichari are all great choices, they allow your body to focus on healing as opposed to digesting and pacify vata. Try to stay away from lots of raw veggies and cold foods, which can be hard for digestion and actually your nervous system as well! Avoid ice in your beverages.

Recipe for hot milk tonic:

This is great right before bedtime or as a drinkable snack!


1½ sticks cinnamon

5 cloves

5-7 peppercorns

1 tsp whole cardamom seeds (no skins)

1 inch chopped fresh ginger


Add the above ingredients to about 2 cups water and boil down to ½ -1 cup.

  • Optionally ¼ tsp turmeric, anise seeds or fennel, or pinch of saffron threads (at the end).
  • Add 1 qt whole milk, almond milk or other alternative and bring back to a boil.

Serve warm, with honey (add after cooking) or maple syrup and 1-2 tsp. ghee per cup.

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