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Lactation Support

Many mothers experience barriers to breastfeeding their babies. Acupuncture can lessen the barriers and increase the success rate of breastfeeding. Read the FAQ on promoting lactation with acupuncture.

My Mission

New BoxI want to assist mothers to breastfeed their babies. I provide emotional and holistic support while collaborating with lactation consultants. At Traditions Acupuncture I collaborate with you and your lactation consultant(s) to ensure breastfeeding is successful. ~Chia Chia Cheng~

Lactation Support and Acupuncture

Acupuncture can promote lactation in mothers who want to breastfeed their infants.

  • It is an effective, drug-free treatment option
  • It treats the "baby blues" or mild depression
  • It balances a woman's hormones after childbirth
  • It promotes milk flow and prevents infections

Milk Production

In Chinese medicine blood is what becomes breast milk. Your body's energy (qi, "chee") is what transforms blood into breast milk. If you lack sufficient energy (qi) and blood in your body, you will produce little or no breast milk. Insufficient qi and blood result

  • after delivery
  • due to blood loss during delivery
  • due to lack of sleep

Ample rest and good nutrition are recommended for postpartum recovery. Acupuncture accelerates your recovery by increasing blood production and boosting your energy.

FAQ on Promoting Lactation with Acupuncture

Q: How does insufficient lactation occur?
A: The two main causes of insufficient lactation are lack of production sufficient production with inhibited flow.

Q: How does acupuncture promote lactation?
A: Acupuncture nourishes your body to produce breast milk. It guides your body to release the breast milk. It lessens the anxiety mothers feel about breastfeeding their infant.

Q: I feel tense and frustrated every time I breastfeed my baby. Can acupuncture help me?
A: Acupuncture harmonizes the connection between your body and your emotions. You may feel the immediate release of tension during your first acupuncture treatment.

Q: Will acupuncture interfere with my lactation visits?
A: Women under the care of a lactation consultant and an acupuncturist breastfeed their babies longer. They also produce more milk for their babies. I have an ongoing, working partnership with the lactation consultants at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. Having support instills a sense of hope and confidence in you.

Q: Can I bring my baby to my acupuncture appointment?
A: Yes, you can bring your baby with you. Appointments are timed with your baby's sleep cycle. An office visit lasts less than one hour.

CHIA CHIA'S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Having read and seen the benefits of breastfeeding, I was committed to breastfeed both of my children. Breast feeding was very challenging for me. My body took a week to produce milk for my daughter, Bria, and two weeks for my son, Miles. I was also recovering from a breast abscess during my first postpartum month with Bria.

Both my pregnancies were normal with no medical intervention. I gave birth to both my babies with the assistance of capable and nurturing midwives. I was healthy and in my early 30s. Yet, when it was time to breast feed my children, I had no milk to offer them.

Along with the exhaustion of birthing and lack of sleep which followed, I was flung into the depths of despair and disappointment. I was on the triple feed schedule, longing for sleep, and severely stressed by the pumping and breast feeding schedule. My back was aching constantly. I was at my wits end.

I was fortunate to be under the care of my husband, Ted Kraines, a licensed acupuncturist. During the first two weeks postpartum, Ted prepared the traditional Chinese foods that promote lactation. He also gave me regular acupuncture treatments to nourish and strengthen my body.

When I had a severe breast abscess I used acupuncture for pain relief. At the emergency department the abscess was drained and I was given antibiotics. I was told that I may not be able to produce milk in the affected breast.

Acupuncture promoted lactation and restored a sense of calm and well being. I was able to cope with the challenges of learning to breast feed. Acupuncture effectively reduced the pain I had with the breast abscess. As my milk supply gradually increased, I felt increasingly stronger, both physically and emotionally.

I was able to breastfeed Bria and Miles beyond their first birthday. Their combined total intake of infant formula was less than three cans. Being able to breast feed my two children gave me much satisfaction and confidence as a mother. Acupuncture, along with guidance from the lactation consultants at Legacy Meridian Hospital, were the two primary resources which helped me breastfeed my babies.