It is strongly recommended for new mothers to breastfeed their babies. According to research, the occurrence of colds, viruses and pneumonia are reduced among the breastfed babies. Not only that, it will also build a long term protection against chronic conditions, build bonds between mother and baby, lower SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and fewer problem with weight issues as it will burn around 400 – 500 calories each day. One of the most important advantages of breasfeeding, there is colostrum; which comes after you deliver the baby. This colostrum is full of antibodies to protect your newborn and it is also low in sugar and high in calcium.
Breastfeeding for new mothers are quite challenging experience sometimes. There are some circumstances that women try to avoid breastfeeding their babies after a few attempts. These reasons include the following:
1. Swollen breasts due to blockage or breast infection
There is an abundant milk supply and the breasts are swollen and causing discomfort, as a result the mother unable to empty the supply of milk in their breasts. This can result in blockage or mastitis in some cases. In acupuncture, we usually have analogy of water flowing through a hose, but we need to limit or stop the flow of fluid so that there is the normal flow of water in returns.
2. Lack of lactation due to insufficient milk production
Unlike the previous condition, this one needs a long term treatment in order for the breastmilk to be flowing normally. There are reasons for the lack of lactation such as; stress, IVF treatment in the past, miscarriages, multiple birth or difficult labour.
This condition can be treated most effectively with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to nourish the mother’s body and regenerate mother’s blood and body fluids. The analogy behind it is like water reservoir, if there is insufficient water in the reservoir (ie. body), obviously the fluid will not flow. Therefore, by nourishing and regenerate body fluids and blood through acupuncture, only then the new mother can produce sufficient breast milk.
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