First Forty Days, The : The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
by Heng Ou
Editor: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
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The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother.Based on the author Heng Or own post-partum experience with zuo yuezi, a period of “containment”, in which a woman stays at home concentrating on healing and bonding with her baby, the first forty days brings back to life the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bouncing back” after delivery their babies and are often left alone to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of this new stage of their life, the first forty days are a lifeline source of connection, food and advice.The book contains 60 simple recipes for healing soups; resupply of meals and snacks; herbs and herbal teas soothing and stimulating breastfeeding, all formulated to meet the unique needs of the new mother.In addition to recipes, this heartfelt and encouraging guide offers advice on organizing a support system during the postpartum period, navigating the challenges of the relationship and honouring the meaning of pregnancy and childbirth.The first forty days, fully illustrated to feel the inspiring and soothing, is a practical guide and read source of inspiration for all new mothers and mothers-to-be-the perfect ally during the first few weeks with a new baby.
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