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We may not know the cause of reduced breast milk in nursing mother.

Sometimes you won't know the 'cause' of the decrease in milk supply, but you always want to help increase it again, even if you haven't yet figured out why it is happening.

Luckily, there are many emotions that may come along with the breastfeeding problem. If your nursing mother says, "Please call me as soon as you can, I am panicking because I'm not producing enough breast milk. She's not complaining (referring to her child) and doesn't seem to be bothered by it, but I am super concerned. I'm stressed. I'm tired and that might have something to do with it."

In this state, think of Asafoetida! No pains otherwise! No other indications. The suppression of discharge itself is the cause of distress. Maybe the mother's constitutional remedy is in the snake family of remedies, which we see with the symptom worsen from suppressed discharge.

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on March 3, 2012 at 5:31am

As you said, the exact cause for the reduced milk production may not be easy to identify, however our medicines can work when given on the available indications.

Recently, one lactating mother said that her baby is not getting enough milk (she was almost sobbing!). There were no specific causes for the reduced milk production. Finally, I could diagnose the probable cause. It was due to the poor intake of one particular item, which is needed for the milk production. In fact, 88% of the milk is made up of that – water. I was shocked to know that she takes no water, except tea, that too in half glass. When the body does not get enough water, how can it produce more saliva, milk, etc? Still, her body managed to produce little quantity of milk! True that drinking excess of water never increases milk production, but at least the minimum amount of water is needed for the normal body functions. Due to less water intake, she also gets UTI and constipation. I prescribed Pulsatilla 200, and strongly suggested her to take sufficient amount of water. Now she is happy, and also her baby!

Comment by Debby Bruck on March 1, 2012 at 11:45am

+1 thanks Dr Habib

Comment by Dr. Habib Khan. on February 29, 2012 at 11:03pm

Agnus castus also very useful drug for this complaint. 

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