Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world and offers many benefits for both mother and child. But breastfeeding also has to be learned. Difficulties and problems can arise, especially at the beginning, and things do not always run smoothly later on. Here homeopathy can provide support free of side effects.
Many mothers want to breastfeed their child because breast milk is the ideal food for the baby. “It contains all the important nutrients that babies need for healthy development in the first few months of life,” says Erzsébet Reisinger. Midwife and alternative practitioner from Munich. “Breastfeeding also supports the regression of the uterus and promotes the loving relationship between mother and child.”
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Breastfeeding: Things don’t always go smoothly
“In the first few days after the birth, the baby is still nourished with a kind of foremilk, which is very nutritious,” explains Reisinger. “The actual milk entry does not occur until about the third day after the birth.” Problems with breastfeeding usually only arise from this point on. “If there is too much milk ingress, there can be unpleasant swellings in the glandular tissue and pain from too much me, but also worries about too little milk,” emphasizes the midwife. “Sore, cracked nipples are also always an issue.”
But different breastfeeding complaints can also arise later, which in many cases can be treated very well with the help of homeopathy.
Breastfeeding problems: Too much milk ingress
In the first few days after birth, the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone drop rapidly. As a result, the hormone prolactin, which is already formed in the last trimester of pregnancy, becomes active and triggers what is known as milk injection in the body. By activating the milk production, there is also a swelling of the mammary gland tissue. “The chest feels plump, often hot and tense,” emphasizes Reisinger. Some women may also experience pain and redness. In addition, the temperature may increase slightly. “The homeopathic classic for heat and redness is Belladonna,” explains Reisinger. “For congestion and hard spots in the chest, I recommend Bryonia, the bryan. Phytolacca can also help to restore the balance of hormones.”
Homeopathy for breastfeeding problems: Too little milk
Nature has managed it ingeniously: The amount of milk is automatically adjusted to the demand. “If the baby is often put on for breastfeeding, the body will produce more milk as a result,” says the Munich midwife. “With fewer milk meals, however, the amount of milk decreases accordingly.” Basically, it is always ensured that sufficient food is available for the baby. “Worries, stress, insecurities, too little fluid intake, but also mistakes when laying the baby, can cause the amount of milk to decrease unintentionally,” emphasizes Reisinger. “Phytolacca is an excellent means of regulating milk production, because pokeweed has a particular effect on the glands.”
Reisinger advises women who complain about too little milk to put on more frequently and to be calm and relaxed during the breastfeeding process. “In this context, a 24-hour cuddling day that the mother spends in bed with the baby and breastfeeds in a relaxed manner as required,” advises the breastfeeding expert, has proven to be very effective. “To stimulate milk production, I also give a dose of Phytolacca D12 every three days until the amount of milk has regulated accordingly. Urtica urens, the stinging nettle, has also proven itself to effectively increase milk production.”
If the breasts are plump, firm and sore, there is not enough milk and the woman looks a little desperate, Agnus castus is the right remedy. “Because homeopathic monk’s pepper is particularly effective when the milk is less due to a depressive mood,” says Reisinger.
Homeopathy for too much milk
- Sage and peppermint tea
But also the opposite problem, namely too much milk, can lead to frustration when breastfeeding. “The breast then feels uncomfortably plump and full, runs out and the milk literally shoots out when sucking in, so that the baby often literally chokes,” explains the breastfeeding expert. “In order to finally get rid of the pressure and empty the full breasts, the mothers then often lay the baby particularly often.” However, this creates a vicious circle, because frequent application stimulates milk production even further. “Here, too, I advise you to rest, breastfeed less often, only put on one side, cool the other side and choose the most upright breastfeeding position possible,” explains the Munich midwife. “Phytolacca also helps here, albeit in a different dose: Phytolacca – administered several times a day – helps to reduce the amount of milk.” In addition, one or two cups of peppermint or sage tea can be temporarily drunk in the evening to help reduce the amount of milk.
Breastfeeding problems: homeopathically relieve congestion
During the entire breastfeeding period, milk congestion can occur from time to time. “When the milk becomes blocked, the milk does not drain properly and builds up in the fine canals,” explains Reisinger. This leads to hard, pressure-sensitive and pain-sensitive areas, which are often also reddened and, in the worst case, can lead to breast inflammation. “If you have a blocked milk, I always advise you to use a warming compress, for example a warm washcloth, on your breast before breastfeeding,” advises the Munich-based breastfeeding expert. “Overall, this preparation is very advisable for breastfeeding, because the heat opens and relaxes the milk ducts. During breastfeeding, the milk can then also be gently spread out by hand.” The breast should then be cooled after breastfeeding. “Either with a cool washcloth, cooling quark compresses and the topping of cabbage leaves are also cheap,” emphasizes Reisinger. “Homeopathic treatment with Belladonna helps against the pain, inflammation and heat. In addition, I often give Phytolacca to regulate milk production.”
Homeopathy for sore nipples
Sore nipples are also a common problem during breastfeeding. “In the beginning, the unusual mechanical stress in particular can lead to small tears and sore, painful areas in the area of the areola,” says Reisinger. “Later on, babies’ first teeth and unfavorable breastfeeding positions can also be responsible for skin lesions on the nipples.” Quick help is provided by pads with black tea bags and protective wool fat ointment. “After breastfeeding, a few drops of breast milk and saliva remains from the baby on the nipple. These should not be wiped away, but simply left to dry”, adds Reisinger. “On the one hand, this has a preventive effect, but it also has a healing effect.” A lot of air also supports the healing process. “Taking calendula and belladonna also help against pain,” adds the Munich midwife. “Acidum nitricum helps with fissures, deep tears in the nipples and extremely splinter-like pains that prevent women from breastfeeding.”
Breastfeeding complaints Homeopathy for weaning
There are many different reasons a mother might want to wean. “As a rule, I tell women that breastfeeding should be stopped if one of them no longer likes it,” emphasizes the style expert. In addition to personal wishes and ideas, this also includes professional needs and medical reasons, such as taking important medication or an upcoming operation. “In order to make the milk dry up, you do not necessarily have to take weaning medication,” explains Reisinger. “Very good results can also be achieved with Phytolacca in low potency, but this should only be carried out under professional guidance.”
Typical potencies and their dosage for breastfeeding problems
For self-treatment with homeopathic medicines during breastfeeding, low potencies of D6 to D12 are usually used. When choosing and taking homeopathic medicinal products during pregnancy and after the birth – for the mother as well as for the newborn – advice from well-trained health and homeopathic experts should always be provided in order to find the individually appropriate remedy and the appropriate medical one Find total treatment.
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