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Reversal of Lactation failure.
Being a Pediatrician, I am often confronted with newborns who are not gaining weight adequately.
When I see a newborn baby who is howling loudly and angrily and seems ready to suck at everything in sight, the situation is not difficult to diagnose.
In other instances, lactation failure is not so self-evident.
Once I suspect that the new mother is not lactating adequately and when I further confirm that by physical verification, I have to determine whether she has a poor 'let down' reflex that is hampering proper breast-feeding.
A poor 'let down' reflex is the commonest cause of failed lactation.
Unless the newborn baby is able to receive enough milk in his mouth when he begins to feed, he is not going to continue to suckle, and will repeatedly leave the breast as his efforts fail.
This will further reduce milk secretion, and a vicious circle of failure is established within a few days.
This situation can be pre-empted and / or corrected, quite easily, with a few herbs, if they are started in time, before a total failure of lactation occurs.
I prefer to use a combination of Asparagus racemosus, Galega officinalis and Withania somnifera.
Of these, the first two are true galactogogues, while the third potentiates their actions.
They can be given in the form of refined powders, syrups or as Homeopathic potencies.
They usually begin to act within 48 hours, and can be continued for a few weeks or even months, if necessary, without any harm to th baby or mother.
A wider usage of these herbs would most certainly reduce malnutrition in the world very effectively and significantly!
Last edited: Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:51 pm
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Wow farawaysister, I had no idea that there were herbal remedies for this! Luckily, I had no problem feeding my 3 babies.
Yes, lactation failure is common in all countries and in all cultures.
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