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breast milk not flowing

Posted by Akansa

just gave birth to a baby but the breast milk is not flowing
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Hi Akansa

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!  Homeopathic remedies are safe to take even if you want to breastfeed, and can even benefit the baby, too.  Around 40 or so of the 4000 available homeopathic remedies are well-known for helping breast milk to flow after the baby's birth. 

It's always best to consult a registered and qualified homeopath if possible, as they will be able to choose the correct remedy for you, depending on your case history, the birth and how you yourself feel, but here are some suggestions (each remedy can be taken twice daily for five days, then watch and wait for a few days to see if it was the correct remedy choice):

Pulsatilla 30c: especially if you are feeling tearful and emotional, are wanting company, are thirstless and wanting fresh air.

Calc 30c:  especially if you are feeling worried or worn out by the work of the birth, and especially if the baby's big size or big head made the birth difficult.

Zinc met 30c:  especially if you are feeling that your nerves are exhausted, you feel drowsy or have extremely restless feet or legs.

Bryonia 30c:  especially if you feel irritabile (like a bear with a sore head), are thirsty for large drinks of cold water at long intervals, and just want to be left alone without moving.

Urtica urens 30c:  this is a near-specific to help the breast milk to flow, and is worth a try if none of the other suggestions seem to match.

Homeopathic remedies can be obtained from homeopathic pharmacies:  try Google.

If you have any questions, or need more help, you're welcome to contact me via email, or send the contact form on my practice's website:

I hope this helps!

Very best wishes


Sarah Whittaker LSECH, MSECH, MARH, RSHom

Award-winning Registered & Licensed Homeopath

Director, Phoenix Homeopathy Ltd

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

Cambridge, MA

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