Breastfeeding Support

Check out this great article in the NY Times about getting support for breastfeeding with a lactation consultant.

Integral to successful breastfeeding is good positioning, and someone like a lactation consultant will be able to offer you excellent advice and support with this. Some women also may experience problems with poor milk supply. Acupuncture has been shown in studies to be effective in increasing milk supply and offers women a drug free option. Acupuncture may also be effective in treating mastitis.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), insufficient milk comes from a disharmony in Qi, the flow of energy throughout the body. I generally treat women with low milk supply for spleen qi deficiency or liver qi stagnation. With spleen deficiency, the breasts are soft and milk production is inadequate, so we would work on tonifying. With liver stagnation (or obstruction), we would work to move the energy, which can help resolve mastitis. Either way, TCM is a great, drug-free and non-invasive way to support your body to produce more milk.

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