Category Archives: Baby

Windmill: food delivery for new mothers

Did you know that in Taiwan there is a company that delivers specially prepared meals to new mothers daily, rain, hail, typhoon or even Chinese New Year?  And that they tailor all meals for mothers undergoing traditional Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), using … Continue reading

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Why is spending money on zuo yuezi confronting?

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of the Chinese postpartum retreat (zuo yuezi) for new mothers. Yet I have noticed that my enthusiasm is not always shared by ‘Western’ mothers. In fact, I am finding that this is a … Continue reading

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Homemade soap

Do you like artisan, handmade soaps? I admit to having a serious weakness for luxurious soaps. The real stuff: none of this cheap shower gel or body wash. When I was at school and university, I used to invest my … Continue reading

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Zuo yuezi by another name

As many of my readers know, I endured (and benefited from) the Chinese postpartum confinement practice known as zuo yuezi (坐月子).  One of my challenges in writing about this practice has been deciding what term to use.  You see, zuo … Continue reading

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Recipe: red bean and sticky purple rice soup

Red bean soup (adzuki bean soup, aka hongdoutang — 紅豆湯) is a staple treat served to new mothers after childbirth as part of the Chinese postpartum confinement (坐月子 zuo yuezi) diet.   And it is even more delicious when combined with … Continue reading

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Zuo yuezi article published in Essence magazine

An article I wrote about planning to undertake zuo yuezi (postpartum confinement) has made it into the November issue of Essence (page 19), a publication produced by the Australian Breastfeeding Association.  Essence was essential reading material for me before and after … Continue reading

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On Gina Ford and postpartum rest

Taiwanxifu baby is a fat, happy baby. But since coming down with a recent cold, he hasn’t been so great at sleeping through the night. Since I am heading back to full-time work soon, I figured it was time to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Black Sesame Congee

During my period of Chinese postpartum confinement (坐月子, zuo yuezi) I ate lots of sesame seeds.  Mostly it was in the form of sesame oil, included in liberal amounts in soups and stir-fries.  But one sweet treat was black sesame … Continue reading

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Zuo Yuezi and Traditional Chinese Medicine

This blog post features an interview with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, Ms Mi-Chen (Claire) Shen-Tonge, about zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement).  Claire is a classically trained acupuncturist and TCM practitioner, who graduated with a five-year bachelors degree from the Tianjin Traditional Chinese Medicine … Continue reading

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Poached egg with fermented rice

While I was pregnant, a friend gave me a big glass jar filled with homemade fermented rice.  ‘Another pregnant lady I gave this to loves it, and eats it by the spoonful,’ she reassured.  I could tell that it was … Continue reading

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