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Would you try the zuo yuezi postpartum diet?

L.A. Times 2013/01/14 16:00:00
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Five months into her pregnancy, Jessica Su was already thinking about what she would eat after her baby was born. Whatever she chose, she planned to observe the Chinese custom of zuo yuezi, or "sitting the month," after giving birth.

According to believers, the monthlong regimen helps women recover from childbirth, produce more breast milk and recalibrate their bodies. In addition to the special diet, new mothers are supposed to rest in bed and avoid contact with water — that is, no shampooing or showering for 30 days.

Skeptics say the health claims are not scientifically sound and that the high-fat, high-protein foods can be harmful to mother and child. Still, the practice is widespread among Southern California's Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants. Families call on companies like Huang's Jing Mommy as a way to follow tradition while sparing themselves from the kitchen.

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  • Michael McFascist 2013/01/27 22:40:45
    No
    Michael McFascist
    What the hell does not touching water have to do with a diet?
  • KING STUD 2013/01/15 23:33:46
    Yes
    KING STUD
    +2
    the next time i launch a baby out of my vag, absolutely sign me up.
  • AG 2013/01/15 19:40:17
    No
    AG
    I am a man. I don't get pregnant. lol. No showering for 30 days sounds pretty dang disgusting to me...
  • Ginger 2013/01/15 17:53:28
    No
    Ginger
    This doesn't seem to be a diet and i don't need diet before or after pregnancy .
  • Jennifer Maesner 2013/01/15 16:28:45
    Yes
    Jennifer Maesner
    +1
    Not scientifically sound my ass. High fat and high protein is the best diet you can have as a breastfeeding new mom. It takes a lot of calories to make breastmilk, and protein is a heck of a lot better than carbs. New babies need a high fat content, so eating higher fat foods will give breastmilk a higher fat content.
  • Cierra 2013/01/15 16:11:53
    No
    Cierra
    +1
    To be honest, I only came on this question because of the cute little baby in the picture. ^.^
  • Bacci 2013/01/15 15:41:56
    Yes
    Bacci
    +2
    If this is true, then maybe. LA times sucks by the way
    http://www.squidoo.com/zuoyuezi
  • sneekyfoot 2013/01/15 14:54:33
    No
    sneekyfoot
    +1
    chinese have a long history of medical inovation .
  • Anna 2013/01/15 14:28:29
    No
    Anna
    If I couldn't drink or bathe in water for even 10 days, I'd have to cut all my hair off and I wouldn't be able to breathe after the first 2-5 days anyways. Talk about changing your bed 'sheets!!' I can't use aluminum chlorohydrate deodorants these days. All the rest are 'water' based. So, you have to live in a home with a dishwasher per se?? Then what??
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2013/01/15 13:21:08
    No
    jerry.alan.carroll
    uh, eww!
  • Anna jerry.a... 2013/01/15 14:30:13
    Anna
    +1
    I know. I'm not eating off of paper or styrafoam plates et al either!!
  • elisabeth.grace2 2013/01/15 12:11:22
    No
    elisabeth.grace2
    Ok I'm the oldest of a brood and though for personal reasons I can't have child being oldest of brood and I'm not joking with that word I know how important it is to breast feed and in order to breastfeed your boobs should be clean. So in short I wouldn't because the bonding and giving child food would be misses out on and the shower is much especially in such circumstances of a baby. Seriously if I ever decided to adopt id aim to get baby and id get the shot that can hopefully stimulate lactate so can produce milk for child.
  • Mary Mary 2013/01/15 11:38:05 (edited)
    No
    Mary Mary
    +1
    I gave birth went home the following morning and got down on the floor and cleaned my skirting boards lol then went back to work 10 days later. Lol
  • Steelshrt 2013/01/15 10:53:08
    No
    Steelshrt
    People are weird.
  • piercingqueen808 2013/01/15 09:13:32
    No
    piercingqueen808
    i like showers and i wanna be able to go to church andd take care of my baby with everything love the pic tho such an adorable lil baby awww
  • Drebi 2013/01/15 05:38:12
    No
    Drebi
    +1
    I could not stay in bed or go without bathing/showering that long.
    To each their own...that is definitely not my own.
  • Anna Drebi 2013/01/15 14:16:13
    Anna
    Me either.
  • Somkey the Hores 2013/01/15 05:24:49
    No
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    It's probably Chicom false info designed to kill new mothers. Screw China.
  • alicest... Somkey ... 2013/01/15 15:48:16
    alicestarbright
    War
  • alicest... Somkey ... 2013/01/15 15:48:22
    alicestarbright
    Wat
  • mae 2013/01/15 05:13:32 (edited)
    Yes
    mae
    +2
    The diet is not bad--from what I've seen it is mostly chicken, fish, and small amounts of braised pork or beef, broths, green vegetables, ginger, special rice, special teas. The bathing thing seem to vary from family to family, depending on how many female elders were recovered from their own childbirths by their grandmothers following this ages-old philosophy...some do not bath themselves, but consent to being spot-bathed--no shampoo-ing--for 30 days. More often, the philosophy is amended to following the diet only--bathing has become 'necessary' after about 4-5 days. China is the most populated country on earth. I tend to think they are doing something right.
  • Bacci mae 2013/01/15 15:36:47
    Bacci
    +1
    Post a link here please, thanks.
  • mae Bacci 2013/01/16 19:30:40 (edited)
    mae
    No link to post--personal experiences from being a pediatric-perinatal-mother/baby hospital-based RN in Hawaii's heavily asian/chinese environments. All asian cultures have post-partum beliefs in varying similarity to the Chinese, especially about the diet, but not so much so about the 30-day confinement-bathing-shampooin... meaning, those philosophies, although still honored by a few, are not as closely observed by majority.
  • Bacci mae 2013/01/15 15:38:42
    Bacci
    +1
    Sure they are doing something right, apprently you missed the killing and abortion rate.
  • KING STUD Bacci 2013/01/15 23:37:33
    KING STUD
    +1
    what the hell does that have to do with anything?!? we are talking about this post-childbirth diet, not abortion and killing.
  • Bacci KING STUD 2013/01/16 23:14:29
    Bacci
    Sorry, I apologize.
  • laydeelapis 2013/01/15 04:55:12
    No
    laydeelapis
    +2
    Well it never specified what the diet is so I can't really say anything about that. But regarding activity and hygiene-- no. It's not healthy to be so sedentary at any point in your life, and certainly not right after pregnancy. Also...peeing, pooping, barfing infant= as many showers as possible!
  • KING STUD laydeel... 2013/01/15 23:39:04
    KING STUD
    +1
    yah thats my only issue with it too, not bathing is disgusting but 30 days whoa. now the rest of it, hell yeah sign me up for a bucket of kfc and some quarter pounders lol
  • laydeel... KING STUD 2013/01/17 00:03:47
    laydeelapis
    Haha amen to that!
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2013/01/15 04:38:22
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    You NEED carbohydrates, especially after giving birth/nursing. Plus it is healthier to be active rather than staying in bed all day.
  • Jennife... ««Ginge... 2013/01/15 16:31:30
    Jennifer Maesner
    Carbs immediately break down into sugar. Too much excess sugar gets stored in fat cells. So high carb content in the diet is what leads to obesity. Protein is much more efficient and you can eat less.
  • ««Ginge... Jennife... 2013/01/15 18:18:56
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    "Carbs immediately break down into sugar."

    Uh no, they don't, unless they're refined and simple carbs, like white rice, white flour, and white sugar.

    "So high carb content in the diet is what leads to obesity."

    Wrong again. Excess calories leads to obesity.

    "Protein is much more efficient and you can eat less."

    High protein diets have been proven time and time again to be extremely harmful to internal organs, which is why doctors are so against quack diets like Atkins.
  • KING STUD ««Ginge... 2013/01/15 23:40:23
    KING STUD
    atkins diet is a quack diet for sure, but the rest of ur post is BS.
  • ««Ginge... KING STUD 2013/01/15 23:51:46
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    No, it's not. All of this information from my sister who is a registered and licensed dietitian.
  • Jennife... ««Ginge... 2013/01/16 20:31:15
    Jennifer Maesner
    Let me guess... she got her training in a medical school, all of which push high carb diets, and pharmeceuticals? Because all of which you wrote is incorrect, which even a basic biology student would know.
  • Jennife... KING STUD 2013/01/16 20:30:26
    Jennifer Maesner
    The idea behind the Atkins is correct, in that lower carbs and higher protein is healthier, but they take it to the extreme.
  • Jennife... ««Ginge... 2013/01/16 20:29:59
    Jennifer Maesner
    You need a basic course in Nutrition. Everything you've written is categorically incorrect.
  • ««Ginge... Jennife... 2013/01/16 21:43:14
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Yeah, been there, done that. Carbs are good! Enjoy some oatmeal.
  • Jennife... ««Ginge... 2013/01/16 22:18:28
    Jennifer Maesner
    I am not saying carbs are necessarily bad. I eat oatmeal every day in fact, because it boosts breast milk production. However, people who have diets that are primarily made up of carbohydrates with little fat and protein, are much more likely to become obese and have many more health problems, than those with diets low in carbs (notice, that is not NO carbs), and high in fat and protein.
  • ««Ginge... Jennife... 2013/01/16 23:08:48
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Okay, so prove it with scientific data. Because I eat mostly carbs and I'm at a healthy weight. My sister eats mostly carbs and has a BMI of 19.

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