The Effect of Acupuncture Therapy on Breast Milk

Therapeutic acupuncture is very useful for pain therapy and has now progressed to a variety of therapies including smooth breastfeeding. This has been recognized by WHO since 1997

Mechanism of Action of Breast Milk

The Effect of Acupuncture Therapy on Breast Milk
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Breast milk production is the result of the collaboration between the role of hormones for breast milk and stimulation that occurs around the nipple. During pregnancy, there is a change in the hormone that will prepare the glandular tissue (alveoli) to produce milk.

When a baby starts to suck breast milk, there will be two reflexes, namely the reflexes against prolactin (milk production reflex) and the reflexes against oxytocin (reflexes releasing milk) which will cause milk to come out when smoked and in the right amount.

Mechanism of Acupuncture


The importance of stimulation in acupuncture therapy to provide stimulation/energy to certain organs, to increase energy or the ability of these organs to carry out their functions. Stimulation of acupuncture points in the skin at a specific location towards the target organ will increase its function in improving milk production.

The Role of Acupuncture for Breast Milk


Acupuncture can handle:

A. Declining milk supply

B. Excessive milk production but breast milk does not come out that causes pain in the breast of the mother (Mastitis)

Acupuncture therapy for breast milk is done 8 times consisting of:

  • The first week 3 times
  • The second week 2 times
  • The third week 1 time
  • The fourth week to the eighth week once a month


This therapy is painless because it only inserts the tip of the needle under the skin with a special needle inserting technique.

The results of this breastfeeding therapy have been proven to stimulate the adequacy of breast milk for babies both in quantity & quality of breast milk and can overcome problems in other nursing mothers such as breast swelling to inflammation of the breast (mastitis). Other effects of breastfeeding therapy are increased maternal stamina and mothers get better sleep quality.

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