Breastfeeding and Homeopathy: by yv0Yk7n


									Easing the Discomforts of Breastfeeding Naturally…

Breastfeeding is very important because it plays several important roles in the
health of especially your newborn baby but will also help your child.
Breastfeeding begins the process of attachment between you and your newborn
baby. Most midwives will place a newly born baby on the labouring mother as
soon as possible after birth. Breastfeeding provides a way to develop and
cement this connection. Most of all, breastfeeding is an important source of
nutrition and stimulation of the infant’s immune system. Breast milk provides
antibodies, especially Immunoglobulin A, which protects against microorganisms
especially those in the immediate environment1. A final reason is economic.
Breastfeeding is the best choice for your wallet as well. If you have known
someone who needed formula, you will know it is very, very expensive.

Role of Homeopathy:

My purpose here is not to make any woman feel guilty for not being able to
breastfeed. With the exception of a specific medical diagnosis2, most women
can overcome the challenges that can go along with breastfeeding. There are
many healthcare professionals that can help with this such as lactation
consultants, doulas/midwives and organizations such as La Leche League.

Homeopathic medicine can play a huge role in making breast feeding a
wonderful experience for both you and your child. It is also a huge advantage
because homeopathic remedies are safe for both the breastfeeding mother and
the infant. Below are some problems that can happen while breastfeeding which
Homeopathy can help.

Insufficient Milk Flow:

This will often be an issue in the first few weeks after the birth of your newborn.
In general, it is a process for most women to get the milk flow developing.
However, if you find that you are still not lactating sufficiently by a week to ten
days after birth, you might need some help in this area. Some techniques that
can assist with this include pumping/feeding more frequently, ensuring your baby
is latching properly and massaging your breasts prior to feeding. However, this
can be a chronic issue for many women that may not be easily corrected.

Mastitis and Blocked Ducts:

Many breastfeeding mothers experience either or both of these conditions. While
it is common, conventional medicine is not sure why some women experience
this while others do not. Mastitis is a bacterial infection of the breast. Common
symptoms of mastitis include pain, swelling, redness and warmth of the breast;
    Newman, Jack MD, How Breast Milk Protects Newborns, pdf document,
    Women living with HIV/AIDS should not breastfeed as HIV is passed through the breast milk.
and fever or chills. There may also be burning pain constantly or especially while
breastfeeding. A Blocked duct is usually not bacterial in origin. Usually a
blocked duct presents as a painful swollen area of the breast. In most cases, it
will resolve within 24 hours. Homeopathy has a long track record in treating both
Mastitis and/or a blocked duct. While Homeopathy always involves examining
what has changed in each person since Mastitis or a blocked duct, a few
remedies are very useful. I would advise to begin at the 30C potency.

Belladonna: This remedy is indicated when there is a sudden onset of breast
pain, swelling and heat. It will be accompanied by an intense fever with redness
and heat especially in the head. There may even be red streaks on the breast
and you will be very sensitive to jar so that even bumping your breasts will cause
intense pain.

Phytolacca: This remedy should be considered where there is intense pain as
soon as breastfeeding starts. These pains will often radiate under the arm and
can even extend to the rest of the body. Nipples are very sore and can be
cracked. Hard knots or nodules will also be observed in the breasts. As you can
see, Phytolacca is also a good remedy for cracked nipples. Calendula gel or
cream can also be very helpful in soothing cracked nipples.


There are many reasons that a newborn will refuse or be unable to tolerate
breast milk. One of the most common reasons is the development of thrush.
Thrush is really the result of an imbalance of naturally occurring flora called
candida albicans. It is common for newborns to develop it in their mouths and
this is called thrush. You will know if you baby has thrush by either white or red
eruptions on the tongue or the inside of the cheek. Swallowing is very painful for
a baby with thrush—thus, the reason for the infant’s refusal of breast milk.
Homeopathy can play a wonderful role here as well.

Borax: Is a remedy that is often indicated for thrush in general, but especially for
newborns. Symptoms can include white or red eruptions inside the mouth, on
the tongue, or on the cheeks. It is useful for eruptions that are so painful that
they prevent the child from nursing.

How Homeopathy Works:

Homeopathy works a little differently than other types of natural medicine. While
we use substances from nature like herbalists do, we choose one medicine that
is best suited for each person’s unique experience of illness. In other words,
Homeopathy is based on the idea that each person is unique and needs a unique
medicine. This means that if ten women consulted me for mastitis, each person
would get a different medicine based on their differing experiences. A successful
Homeopathic prescription requires a Homeopath to take the time to get to know
you. By doing so, we aren’t just treating symptoms but working with your body’s
natural ability to heal itself by treating the root cause of disease. Plus, it is safe
for the breastfeeding mother and her infant.

Rebecca Gower B.A. M.A. DSHM(hons)
Homeopathic Physician
Red Pearl Homeopathy
344 Bloor Street West
Suite 610
Toronto, ON, M5S 3A7

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