Last update July 4, 2014

Acupuncture

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Acupuncture has been used by traditional Chinese Medicine to improve milk production and as a treatment of milk stasis ("plethora") and mastitis.

Although high quality scientific evidence is lacking, published papers are promising: acupuncture treatment done by experts could be useful to manage specific breastfeeding problems.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Acupuncture since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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References

  1. Winterfeld U, Meyer Y, Panchaud A, Einarson A. Management of deficient lactation in Switzerland and Canada: a survey of midwives' current practices. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Aug;7:317-8. Abstract
  2. Yu J, Zhou J. [Effect of auricular point sticking on lactation of puerperant]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Abstract
  3. Mårtensson L, Kvist LJ, Hermansson E. A national survey of how acupuncture is currently used in midwifery care at Swedish maternity units. Midwifery. 2011 Abstract
  4. Muresan M. Successful relactation--a case history. Breastfeed Med. 2011 Abstract
  5. Neri I, Allais G, Vaccaro V, Minniti S, Airola G, Schiapparelli P, Benedetto C, Facchinetti F. Acupuncture treatment as breastfeeding support: preliminary data. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Abstract
  6. Mangesi L, Dowswell T. Treatments for breast engorgement during lactation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Abstract
  7. Zhou HY, Li L, Li D, Li X, Meng HJ, Gao XM, Jiang HJ, Cao LR, Zhu YL. Clinical observation on the treatment of post-cesarean hypogalactia by auricular points sticking-pressing. Chin J Integr Med. 2009 Abstract
  8. Wei L, Wang H, Han Y, Li C. Clinical observation on the effects of electroacupuncture at Shaoze (SI 1) in 46 cases of postpartum insufficient lactation. J Tradit Chin Med. 2008 Abstract
  9. He JQ, Chen BY, Huang T, Li N, Bai J, Gu M, Yu M, He XP, Wang HY. [Randomized controlled multi-central study on acupuncture at Tanzhong (CV 17) for treatment of postpartum hypolactation]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Abstract
  10. Kvist LJ, Hall-Lord ML, Rydhstroem H, Larsson BW. A randomised-controlled trial in Sweden of acupuncture and care interventions for the relief of inflammatory symptoms of the breast during lactation. Midwifery. 2007 Abstract
  11. Wang HC, An JM, Han Y, Huang LN, Zhao JW, Wei LX, Dong L, Zhai GR, Li XP, Yang AJ, Gu M. [Multicentral randomized controlled studies on acupuncture at Shaoze (SI 1) for treatment of postpartum hypolactation]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2007 Abstract
  12. Zhao Y, Guo H. The therapeutic effects of acupuncture in 30 cases of postpartum hypogalactia. J Tradit Chin Med. 2006 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  13. Campbell A, Macglashan J. Acupuncture-induced galactorrhoea--a case report. Acupunct Med. 2005 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  14. Kvist LJ, Wilde Larsson B, Hall-Lord ML, Rydhstroem H. Effects of acupuncture and care interventions on the outcome of inflammatory symptoms of the breast in lactating women. Int Nurs Rev. 2004 Abstract
  15. Jenner C, Filshie J. Galactorrhoea following acupuncture. Acupunct Med. 2002 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  16. Ayers JF. The use of alternative therapies in the support of breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 2000 Abstract

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