Make Breast Feeding Work The Natural Way: Holistic Remedies For Low Milk Supply
By Anne Cabrinah and Emily Schaffer
Breast feeding may be natural, but it isn’t always easy. New motherhood, as joyful as it can be, can also produce considerable anxiety for the mother as she adjusts to her new situation. Add in the overwhelming feelings of new motherhood and sleep deprivation, and the combined stress can start to affect milk production. Having an inadequate milk supply doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to breast feed your baby. Diet, herbs, and holistic treatments can offer a safe and natural way to increase milk without medical intervention.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years and offers a natural way for you to treat your production issues. The way the Chinese see it, one very big reason for inadequate milk supply is the obstructed flow of energy in meridians which flow to the breast, usually caused by stress and anxiety. Even though welcoming a baby into your family may be wonderful, it often comes with several adjustments and many women experience high stress and even depression and anxiety at this time. Acupuncture is used to relax tension and free up the energy in the chest to release milk that is already there.
Whether discussing Chinese medicine or traditional western practices, there is one thing that remains the same: Pregnancy and childbirth require hard work from a woman’s body, and sufficient rest, proper hydration and nutrition are crucial during the months that follow delivery. A mother who breastfeeds exclusively needs to eat 300-500 calories more per day than what was needed to maintain her weight before becoming pregnant. Adding one or two healthy snacks, such as hummus and whole grain pitas or apple slices with peanut butter, will help you consume the calories you need to produce enough milk for your baby. Mothers who eat less than 1500-1800 calories per day run the risk of reducing their milk supply. [Read more...]