If you’re stressed because you need to produce more breast milk, take heart. You’ve found the help you need. First, let’s look at the causes of insufficient lactation.
Why Your Breast Milk Isn’t Flowing
- Blood deficiency is the most common reason (this is not the same as anemia, though they often occur simultaneously), combined with Qi deficiency. In TCM theory, blood is the source of breast milk, and Qi (vital energy) is what transforms the blood into milk and expresses it from your breasts. So, too little blood and/or Qi means that the body can’t produce an adequate amount of milk or create enough flow.
- Stagnation of liver Qi is another common cause of low milk supply. If your liver is stagnant, (which usually happens because of emotional stress), Qi stagnates in your breast and can’t transform blood into milk, or move the milk out of the breast.
- A combination of the above
3 Tips for Increasing Your Milk Supply
- Eat foods that promote blood production. Here’s a detailed list that covers which foods your should eat, and which to avoid: https://joywalraven.com/nutrition-guidelines-for-liver-blood-deficiency/
- Drink lots of water, ideally room temperature or warm.
- Rest/sleep whenever you can, as much as you can.
Already doing those things, but still need more milk?
You can dramatically increase your milk supply with Chinese herbs and moxa, and get some much-needed nurturing and stress relief at the same time: Book Online
Your initial 90 min session includes:
- intake and TCM diagnosis
- acupuncture, moxa, and craniosacral
- three moxa sticks, and instructions for self-moxa at home
- herbal medicine prescription
*herbal formulas available for purchase
Is it OK to do this if I’m also taking Domperidone?
Yes, absolutely. It’s safe to combine the herbal formulas I prescribe with Domperidone.
Are these the same herbs my naturopath gave me?
How often do I need to come for appointments?
Minimum: 1x/week for two weeks, then 1x/month for three months.
How long do I have to take the herbs for?
It depends. Some women take the herbs for three months and that’s enough to build enough blood and Qi for ongoing milk production. Other women find that their supply drops again after stopping the herbs, so they take them for as long as they’re breastfeeding.