87. Nana’s Advice. DPChallenge


Congratulations are pouring in; phone messages, text messages, emails and cards. It is wonderful and overwhelming; wonderful because of so many well-wishers and overwhelming because I can’t find the time to answer them all or any.

Life is so chaotic at this moment. It is a good chaos. Everyone warned me that nothing would be the same. They were right! The change is for the better though.

Before Marc’s arrival, there was harmony, order and symmetry in my life, now, there is movement, confusion and mess. But the rooms seem larger, the light coming from the windows brighter. The whole house is humming with life.

Each and everyone have an advice to give. It is, I guess, their way of being part of this miracle. I don’t know how much my brain is computing and storing all this information through the haze of the constant fatigue and sleeplessness.

Nana’s advice seems to have somehow imprinted on my memory. Nana Isabelle is the strongest and most wonderful woman I have ever known. She raised six children and is now the matriarch of our very large family.

“You have to take care of yourself so that you are strong enough to take care of your baby.”

How to do it? There is so much to do!

Her practical suggestions are very helpful.

“ To have abundant milk you need to drink an anise seed tisane. I’ll also make you some of my three spices rice pudding it has anise in it. It is nutritious and helpful for breastfeeding.”



“ Take care of your skin and use aloe vera gel. It softens it. Use it on your nipples specially if they start to crack and hurt. Remember to wash it off before each feeding.”

Nana Isabelle’s Anise Seed Tisane.

anise tisane

  • 2 Tablespoons of anise seed.
  • Boiling water.
  • Honey.

In a jug place two tablespoons of anise seed. Add boiling water and let sit for two hours. Strain to eliminate the seeds and drink with a few drops of honey.


The content on this site is not a substitute for professional health advice. Always seek the advice of your physician for any questions you may have regarding a medical question.


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