Acupuncture can also help get breast milk flowing. An acupuncturist can talk to you and determine the underlying reason, and help support your body in beginning to breastfeed. Sometimes, for example, the body is depleted from the birth process and blood loss, and has trouble generating milk at first. Other times the body is able to produce milk, but energy is not flowing properly in the body to allow the milk to let down.
If you let me know where you are, I may be able to help you find a local acupuncturist.
In the meantime, you can try a couple of acupressure points yourself.
1. massage the tips of your pinky finger, especially the area on the outside edge of the fingernail
2. massage the point directly below the nipple, at the base of the breast. Find the spot right at the lower edge of the breast, between the ribs, and rub gently for 3-5 minutes on both sides.
These points can help the flow of breast milk.
Also, do these two things:
1. make sure you are getting good nourishment. Especially if you are feeling tired, or had a long or difficult labor, or lost an unusual amount of blood. Chicken, green leafy vegetables, rice, and broth made from boiling chicken or beef bones are especially good. You can also try goji berries or juice, often available in health food stores.
2. take care of your own stress level. Being a new parent is demanding, stressful, and sometimes downright shocking. Anything you can do to relax and let of steam will be helpful to you and also help breastfeeding work better. Talk to friends, get some gentle exercise, watch a movie, listen to music, meditate or do yoga -- whatever is relaxing, grounding, and energizing for you.
Good luck, and let me know if I can help in any way!
Marilyn Yohe, Licensed Acupuncturist