"Milk Does A Body Good"...Or So The Saying Goes...


This saying used to be from a commercial in the 80's promoting dairy milk and its nutrients. In this post, I am referring to a different kind of milk. I'm talking about the milk that nurtures a human baby from the mother's breast. Breast milk contains the perfect combination of protein, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and nutrients for an infant to thrive; that is if the infant is able to properly nurse and/or if the mom is able to provide the necessary amount of milk. Sometimes though, probably more often than not, mothers can be very intent on providing this natural source of abundance, but she may not be able to provide enough milk production. This is known as insufficient lactation. Alternatively, she may not be able to breast feed due to a blockage of lactation and or infection known as mastitis.


It must be daunting for new mothers who read about how important it is for their babies to obtain colostrum, for instance, for their baby's developing immune system. Just knowing the importance of feeding her infant enough nutrients to grow is not enough! Is there a place where can she turn to find physical help to get her breast milk flowing?


Tao of Women Clinic, whose treatments are based off of Traditional Chinese medicine, offers solutions to the following problems. The first problem is a lack of nutrients to "make" milk. The basis of breast milk is derived from the quality and abundance of the mother's blood. More common than not, there can be substantial loss of blood during childbirth. If this happens, usually there just hasn't been enough time for mother to recuperate and replenish this source before it is time to breast feed her baby. The second issue is obstructed milk ducts. Sometimes, instead of a lack of milk production, milk ducts can become obstructed and even though milk is present, it cannot flow out of the ducts and there can even be infection complicating this scenario.


Luckily, the problem of insufficient lactation can be easily treated with the principles of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Acupuncturists know how to nourish a women's source of br