This is a traditional Korean seaweed soup recipe used by women for at least one month after childbirth to boost milk supply and detoxify the blood. It is also part of birthday meals.
The iodine and calcium in the seaweed help new mums recover from the birth faster, and soup provides intense nourishment without straining the digestive system.
Miyeok-guk is part of the traditional postpartum rituals in Korea, and is very similar to traditional practices in China, Japan and other parts of Asia which recognise that postpartum mothers need time and care to recover from a very stressful and draining 10 months. In order to nourish and care for their baby properly they should focus on resting and restore their energy through a nutritious diet.