Lactation Support

Improve lactation

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to improve milk production and flow in nursing mothers.  In Chinese medicine theory, childbirth and breastfeeding deplete a mother's vital energy and blood supply. Deficiencies in blood and Qi, or energy, can lead to low milk supply or watery milk. Qi can also stagnate or become blocked in energy channels that flow to the breast, like the liver channel. Stress can also impede energy and is often cited as a cause of lactation issues.  In TCM lactation disorders fall into two distinct categories: low milk supply or milk not flowing.  Low milk supply is a diagnosis of insufficient Qi and blood supply in the mother.  Milk not flowing or problems with let-down are diagnosed as stagnation of Qi preventing milk from moving down the ducts and out of the nipple.  It is not unusual for a mother to have a combination of deficiency (lack of Qi and blood) and stagnation (unable to let-down or express the milk) at the same time. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, we may choose to treat a variety of points that can increase blood and energy, move qi or a combination of the two.

   Tel: 902-407-4355       Suite 206, 1535 Dresden Row,  Halifax, NS     B3J 3T1