Postpartum: Improving Low Milk Supply with Acupuncture

For new mother’s struggling to breastfeed because of low milk supply, acupuncture offers an alternative approach to stimulating milk production. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, low milk supply is linked to an insufficient flow of energy through the body. From a TCM perspective, the blood supply that nourished the placenta is converted into breast milk once the baby is born. This requires a certain amount of energy regulation that can be negatively impacted by loss of sleep, tending to the baby around the clock, and exhaustion from labor.  

A woman’s natural ability to produce milk is subject to myriad factors which can negatively impact quality and quantity of milk production. To this end, TCM is applied uniquely to each individual. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we screen the individual for her particular impediment and create a course of chiropractic and acupuncture treatment that will help increase energy and improve milk supply.

Acupuncture is an external technique that focuses on stimulating milk production and release. Acupuncture works to stimulate milk secretion after childbirth by increasing prolactin levels in the blood. We can also positively impact breast milk production with nutrition. Herbal supplements and a protein-rich diet that includes organic, free range poultry and red meat form the basis of a healthy milk supply for your newborn. For a holistic approach to creating a healthful, productive supply of milk postpartum, call our office in Park Slope at (718) 398-3100 .

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C. L.Ac