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Caraway Drink… And No More Chicken Soup!

Caraway drink for lactation

I’m sick of chicken soup.

You know, after being a semi-vegetarian for seven or eight years, I’m absolutely repulsed by any kind of soup made with meat or poultry. But ironically, I’ve found out I can’t lactate without animal protein. And chicken soup is one of the best ways to enhance milk production, since there’re proteins in it, and it’s liquid. At first I tried to diversify my chicken soup menu by adding different types of croutons or pasta. By this week, I realized this didn’t help any longer. I will never like chicken soup. I’m hopeless. So now I just throw some fresh dill into my bowl of chicken soup, grab a large piece of bread, close my eyes and… brrr! this should be done quickly. In fact it’s getting unbearable, so I think I’ll just start eating more chicken fillets instead.

I’m so ashamed of being so carnivorous.

Due to the lack of time, I haven’t cooked anything interesting in a while. Today I made Hasselback potatoes for the first time in my life and I loved them! I sprinkled some caraway seeds on top and added a tiny bit of garlic. Hasselback potatoes are a classic, so I’m not posting the recipe. Instead, I thought I’d just share another tip for encouraging lactation. Caraway drink - it really helps. And what’s more, it tastes good! To prepare it, pour one teaspoon of caraway seeds with one cup boiling water, cover and let infuse for 10 minutes. Then add a teaspoon of sugar and cream/milk to taste. Of course you shouldn’t necessarily be breastfeeding to enjoy this drink, so I recommend it to everyone!

Caraway drink

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  1. Rob MacDonald says:

    Hi Alina,

    I’m not too crazy for chicken soup either, but I will deny it if you quote me, as I have to live with my wonderful wife!

    Caraway drink seems a good idea as I can no longer tolerate caffeine.

    My next post is about sharlotka, and includes my list of recommended Russian cooking blogs. Please stop by and take a look. Maybe you know of a Russian food blog that I missed.

    All the best to your beautiful and interesting family… especially Ivanka!


    • Alina says:

      Wow sharlotka is great :) I haven’t made it for ages, it’s a good idea! if you’re looking for an alternative to coffee, you might also try this chicory drink.
      I’ll be happy to visit your site, what’s its address?!

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