Fish and green papaya soup is one of the important recipes during confinement (at least to my mom and I believe many others too). The green papaya helps in production of breast milk, which is a big plus to me since I’m breastfeeding. I’m pumping more than 2 pints (1 Litre) of breast milk daily, so that does qualify me to be “COW OF THE YEAR”, doesn’t it ? Double-boiled fish and green papaya soup is also very easy to prepare.
Update: I succeeded in breastfeeding my baby for full 13 months without supplementation of formula of any kind. In Asian culture, especially where I grew up, breastfeeding is not supported and people from my mom’s generation often think that breastfeeding alone is not enough to nourish the baby. Well, honey, my girl was born at 6 lbs 12 oz and she doubled her birth weight in less than 3 months and only one case of ear infection in 14 months of her life so far. While green papaya soup might help in some way, I didn’t consume this after confinement period and my supply is keeping up with my baby’s demand.
The most important rule to breastfeeding is the good ‘ol demand and supply. The less you breastfeed or pump, the less your supply will be. Simple as that. I hate pumping and thank goodness my baby didn’t want to take bottle of anykind. So, I breastfed her directly for the full 13 months and I think that’s how I survived breastfeeding for that long (not having to wash pumping parts and milk bottles and nipples lol)
- 7 oz (200 g) of fish of your choice - we use tilapia. Some people will use Kurau Fish/Grouper
- 4-5 slices of fresh ginger
- 3 slices Astragalus root/ Radix Astragali/ Huang Qi
- 3-4 Black Dates
- ¼ of green papaya (peeled and seeded)
- 4 Cups of water
- Prepare a double boiler. Bring the water to boil. Add in all ingredients into the inset of the double boiler and cook on low heat for 1½ - 2 hours