Chicken Barley Soup for Lactation

Chicken Barley Soup For Lactation

After giving birth and amidst the exhaustion of caring for a newborn, comfort foods may be all you want. Try this delicious chicken soup recipe that is not only healthy and rich in protein and vitamins, but will also give your lactation a boost!


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of button mushrooms
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of baby potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of pearl barley, rinsed under cold water
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of frozen peas


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add oil and onion. Cook until onion softens, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms, carrots, potatoes and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are soft, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Add broth, water and barley. Boil and then reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Simmer covered until barley is tender for approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Stir in chicken and peas until chicken is cooked through, approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe transcribed from: Today's Parent