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Q: “I’m having trouble producing milk! I’ve been breast feeding for 3 months now and my milk production has almost completely come to a halt. I’ve heard there are Chinese herbs to promote lactation but I don’t know which ones I should take. I’ve also heard of purchasing milk from another lactating mother, is that a safe option? What other methods will help increase milk production?” Kelly G, Kansas City, MO
A: Acupuncture, in combination with Chinese herbs, is a great way to help promote milk production and flow. Getting a treatment from an acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health, especially in pregnancy and postpartum care, is the best way to find what is best for you. Each person has a unique constitution, and the practitioner will help you get the safest herbal formula for you and your baby.
Purchasing milk from another lactating mother is definitely a good option. Usually this is done through breast milk banks, or you can contact a midwifery organization or your local hospital.
Another great resource is the La Leche League, a world-wide organization offers help to nursing moms, and can help with all breastfeeding concerns. It may be that you need to change the feeding schedule you are on to boost milk production, and often these small changes can make a big difference.