In the opinion of doctors and national and international public health institutions, breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby from birth until he or she reaches 6 months of age. This feeding method is recommended all over the world because of its benefits for the baby. Indeed, breast milk is rich in protein, minerals and lipids. It protects against diabetes and food allergies and reduces risks of gastrointestinal infections while stimulating the child’s psycho-motor development. Furthermore, breastfeeding has many benefits for the mother as well since it allows her to gently shed pounds. In addition, breastfeeding has a protective function against breast cancer and uterine cancer. Finally, breastfeeding does not require a large budget. However, many women experience difficulties during the lactation phase and after weaning. This is because of certain disorders due to abnormalities in the normal functioning of hormones. These may also include production and emission of milk several months after weaning.
Several phenomena indicate breastfeeding disorders. First of all, know that breast pain is due to inflammation of the mammary gland of which the function is to secrete milk that will be the baby’s food during the lactation phase. When the mammary glands are irritated, the nursing mother feels pain when her baby sucks on her breast. Also note that breast pain may also be caused by small cracks that appear on the nipples’ surface. In addition, the baby’s breastfeeding stage may be disrupted by an insufficient secretion of milk. This may be accompanied by diarrhoea or severe itching affecting the nursing mother’s external genitalia. She may also feel extreme fatigue followed by heavy sweating that occurs during the night. An insufficient production of milk may also be accompanied by bleeding gums and digestive disorders. Finally, breastfeeding disorders may occur after weaning. Indeed, in some mothers the milk continues to flow outside of the usual breastfeeding period, a condition referred to as galactorrhoea. The persistence of milk flow is accompanied by a swelling of the breasts.
There are various commercially available homoeopathic remedies that may be taken to relieve breastfeeding disorders. In case of breast pain, and if the breasts are hot, swollen and painful, daily 3-granule doses of Bryonia 9 CH may be taken to relieve the pain. Another homoeopathic remedy, Phytolacca, is also recommended in case of great pain. Furthermore, when fine red lines appear on the surface of particularly hot breasts, three granules of Belladonna 9 CH need to be taken in the morning, noon and evening during three consecutive days. On the other hand, cracked breasts may be treated by applying Castor equi 6 CH on the nipples with the help of a compress. A granule of Graphites 5 CH taken twice a day is also an effective treatment against cracks. As for insufficient secretion of milk, three homoeopathic remedies are indicated depending on the clinical symptoms. To promote the secretion of milk, combine granules of Agnus Castus 5 CH and drops of Racinus Communis D3. To stop itching of the vulva, take Urtica Urens 5 CH. Milky urine, bleeding gums, sweating at night and in the morning and dry mouth – all of which occur outside of the breastfeeding period – will be treated with doses of Phosphoris Acid. As for galactorrhoea, it will need to be dealt with by resorting to Ricinus 15 CH, of which one or two doses will need to be taken every 48 hours. One or two doses of Pulsatilla 15CH may also be taken to stop the secretion of milk. If pain felt in the breast during this period, it is advisable to take Lac caninum 5 CH to relieve it.
In case of breastfeeding difficulties, it is important to remember that self-medication is risky for the mother, but even more for the baby since the active ingredients contained in the drugs used during this period may end up contaminating the breast milk. Thus, it is imperative to consult a doctor once the first breast pain occurs. After determining the exact nature of the disease, the homoeopath will be able to prescribe the appropriate remedies. Note that homoeopathic treatments are increasingly recommended because they are deprived of side effects.
Good to know: Homoeopathic remedies are recommended in the treatment of breastfeeding disorders since they can provide relief to the affected person through the use of small doses of natural-based medications that do not contaminate any of the breast milk