Anyone know the recipe for Papaya and Fish Soup? Does it really help to increase breast milk supply?

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While the effectiveness of the fish and papaya soup has never been verified by evidence based research, fish is a good source of protein, and papayas are packed with minerals and vitamins A, C and E. Combined, they provide a healthy and nutritious meal for anyone. "There is no strong objection to a mother having the soup as part of a diet for a breastfeeding mum. It is rich in protein, vitamins A and C, as well as beta carotene," says one lactation consultant. "However, I would suggest that the mother maintains a well-balanced diet, with everything in moderation and having a lot of variety in each food group. Keeping a healthy lifestyle helps, too." If you are concerned about your milk supply, speak to your doctor or a lactation consultant. Also, look out for signs that your baby is getting enough milk to help ease your worries. Ingredients 500 grams of fish bones (preferable to use threadfin - kurau - fish bones) 500 grams of green papaya (the flesh of the fruit is white) 3 litres of water 4 slices of ginger (this will help cut down any fishy taste or smell) 6 cloves of garlic 3 stalks of spring onion Salt to taste Directions Boil the water, then add ginger, garlic and spring onion. Cut the papaya into small slices. Discard seeds. Pour boiling water over the green papaya to remove sap, then drain. Combine the fish bones into the boiling pot, followed by the green papaya. Turn down the fire, leave to boil for about half an hour to reduce. This should yield about three rice bowls of soup.

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Separately, both fish and papaya are good sources of nutrients. Fish is an excellent source of protein while papayas are packed with minerals and the vitamins A, C and E. Together, they provide a healthy and nutritious meal for anyone and will be equally nutritious for a breast feeding mommy. While the effectiveness of the fish and papaya soup as a milk booster has never been proven scientifically, it is a popular confinement dish in Chinese tradition and long believed to be a good milk booster. I have a mommy friend here in Sweden who married a Singaporean man and papaya fish soup was one of the meals she ate during confinement as prescribed by her mother in law and she did mention that it kept her energy up during the first few weeks post delivery. Here is a recipe you can try:

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Though not sure of the effectiveness (as with all milk boosters, the effectiveness varies for every woman), this is one nutritious and great soup to have for a breastfeeding mother's diet. :) Here's a recipe (taken from: Fish and Papaya Soup Recipe What You Need 300 Grams Unriped Green Papaya 1 big fish head (choose from carp, snakehead sea beam, pomfret, kurau or threadfin) 8 red dates 20 wolfberries 3 slices of ginger (grounded) 1.5 L of water Salt to taste What You Do Peel and cut papaya into big pieces. Heat oil in a large pot and brown the fish head on each side. Add all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for four to eight hours. Sieve and serve soup hot. Enjoy!!

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Use green papaya together with threadfin meat (and bones) add a slice or 2 ginger. You can replace the fish with salmon and salmon bones too. It taste equally great.