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Homemade Prune Juice

When Jessica was still being breastfed, she was prescribed Lactulose to help things along. It’s so thick and horrible to administer, so she was bottlefed it twice a day with some expressed breastmilk. The Karitane Nurse (magic fairy lady) told me to switch to prune juice and we haven’t looked back 🙂 Some might recommend brown sugar and boiled water but this has worked really well for us.

  1. Put 10 prunes in a saucepan
  2. Cover with water
  3. Poach (simmer for 5 minutes or so when the water starts to brown)
  4. Press down on each prune with a fork to release the pruney goodness
  5. Strain off the juice and chill (it’s really prune water)

You could probably start with more water to make a more dilute recipe.

Jessica just loves it cold from the fridge.

At 5 months, we’re giving 9mL as required, but it’s probably good to give daily to prevent constipation.  As Jessica has 3 solid meals a day, I also make sure there’s a good mixture of fruit (apple, pear) and veg (courgette, kumara, pumpkin, carrot) so that it’s not too much stodgy root vegetables (not game to try potato just yet). And of course sips of water.

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