Postnatal vegetarian diet guide for new mommy

postnatal diet

Taking a balanced diet throughout pregnancy is important for mother and baby and it must be continued after delivery as well. A balanced diet, rest helps the mother to recover faster from labor pain and delivery. Special confinement diets are followed by many generations and these diets are really helpful for breastfeeding mothers. It includes specific foods chosen carefully to help a new mommy and baby. Make sure to have whole grains, iron and calcium-rich foods, vegetables, fruits, and dry fruits. It’s not necessary to follow exactly everything in the postnatal diet /confinement diet but some changes can be easily incorporated in the regular diet.

1. What to eat in a Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and new mommy should have it a little early in the morning. It should be freshly cooked using all nutritious ingredients. Pour a spoonful of ghee on your breakfast. Breastfeeding mothers should drink a cup of milk with breakfast. It helps to boost the breastmilk and provides necessary calcium as well.

Breakfast options:

  1. Various porridge made using Chia seeds/semolina/ vermicelli/almonds
  2. Semolina Upama cooked with vegetables,
  3. Flattened rice/ poha,
  4. Dalia khichadi (Broken wheat cooked with vegetables)
  5. Vegetables paratha and curd
  6. Idli or Dosa with lentils sambhar
  7. Besan chilla and tomato chutney

8.Dry fruit balls :

Dry fruit balls are made up of dry fruits like almonds, cashew, Raisins, dry dates, Dry coconut, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, and ghee. These types of dry fruits Balls are made for new mommy as nutritious confinement diet recipe. Dry fruits provide necessary calcium for bones and iron-rich ingredients help to recover blood loss in delivery.

Fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds are breast milk boosting foods.  8. A  cup of milk with a spoonful of Lactating powder.


Lunch should not be heavy and it must be nutritious to fulfill nursing mother and baby’s nutrition requirements try to take lunch at around 12.30- 1 pm so that you can have your evening snacks and milk. Take one glass of buttermilk after your lunch, it aids digestion. Make sure to eat a bowl of lentils in a day as it’s a great source of proteins.

Lunch options :

Chapatti / Vegetable paratha

Vegetable rice or plain rice

Bowl of lentils

Vegetable curry (Include more green leafy vegetables)

Rice and vegetable curry with lentils

Dosa with sambhar and vegetable stir fry

healthy soup


Postnatal diet has 4-5 meals or more as per your appetite. The reason behind this is breastfeeding mother needs more calories and energy. Have light snacks at around 5-6 pm. Make sure to take a second cup of milk (first cup of milk in the morning) with this snacks.

Snacks options:

Any fresh seasonal fruit

Sesame and jaggery balls

Bread toast with butter

A bowl of cereals

Dry fruits like almonds, dry dates

Puffed rice

Vegetable sandwich

Vegetable soup


Let your dinner be light and early at 7.30 -8.30. Maintaining the same time of your meals every day helps you and your baby to have a routine. Include easy digesting foods in your platter.

Dinner options:

Rice and lentils

Chapatti and vegetables

White millet roti and vegetable curry

Rice and lentils cooked with vegetables (Khichadi)

Vegetable soup and whole wheat bread

Vegetables stir fry and whole wheat bread.

Have a spoonful of Mukhawas made up of carom seeds, fennel seeds cloves? It helps to boost breast milk supply.

5.Drinking water

Along with the balanced postnatal diet drinking water is important in the postpartum period. Drinking enough water is important for breastfeeding mothers as water is required for producing enough breast milk.

How to Do:

  1. Make sure to boil and filter the drinking water to avoid any waterborne diseases.
  2. it’s recommended to drink lukewarm or room temperature water for first few weeks after delivery. For lukewarm water boil and cool water to the required temperature and store in a thermos flask.

Drink this lukewarm water throughout the day.

Avoid these things after delivering baby:

Spicy and oily food

Smoking or drinking

Heavy and difficult to digest foods

Outside food, MSG

Food with preservatives

Do not drink carbonated drinks, very cold fruit juice during this period.

Along with the postnatal diet, enough rest is also necessary for faster recovery from delivery. Many babies stay awake during the night and sleep in a day. Take a short nap of 30 minutes whenever baby sleeps during a day. Talk with your doctor and start a light exercise like walking after a few months.


  1. Hi Rupali

    Can you give more information about Kathbol. Does that help in increasing breast milk? How much one should take to see the resilt

  2. Hi ,
    Yes it helps a lot. it helped me and my friends ,cousin as well in increasing breast milk.Its taken in very small quantity of 5 to gms only. Make 3 jagery balls (Apply little quntity of ghee for forming balls) Wrap kathbol in jagery balls .Swallow these jagery balls early morning without eating anything on empty stomach.Make sure kathbol dosenot touch teeth.Just swallow these balls with water.Do not eat anything for an hour after taking it. And result will be positive..

  3. 5 to 10 gms of kathbol.

  4. Thank you for quick response. I have few more questions.
    Can you tell me how big Jagery balls should be?
    Also for how many days we need to take these?
    Do we need to take only early morning qty 3 or do we need to take at night before going to bed.
    Are there any side effects?

  5. Not sure about side effects.But my Grandmother gave me this 10 gm of kathbol only once.that is just after delivery.10 gm kathbol devided in 3 portions and wrapped in around 20 gm jagery.only one day thats it.I had consulted doctor as well before taking kathbol. Please confirm with your doctor as well.

  6. Ohh ok. Thanks. Could this be taken after 3 months of delivery?. Also why do you say it should not touch teeth

  7. Kathbol is taken for increasing breast milk.So probably after 3 months of delivery also it can be taken.My grandmother told me kathbol weakens teeth that's why it should not touch teeth.And amount of it has been prescribed by doctor.There might be different ways of taking kathbol as well.I have just mentioned my information version about it. It can be availed from Ayurvedic Medicines shop with prescription.

  8. Thanks for all the information.

  9. Sma-dckab what I was looking for-ty!

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