When you don’t have enough energy, you will often experience low milk production. It is fairly common for a new mother to be exhausted post-partum. Combine that with blood loss during delivery, and the levels of energy and blood flow necessary to produce sufficient milk are just not there. Acupuncture treatment actually increases the hormones necessary to produce and move breast milk. In TCM, your practitioner will combine diet recommendations with herbal treatments and acupuncture to achieve a healthy milk supply for your nursing infant.When your energy isn’t flowing properly around the breasts, you may experience engorgement, pain and pressure, distention, and even mastitis (which also involves infection). This energy blockage generally stems from emotional stress such as anxiety, depression, resentment, anger, frustration, or any of the other day-to-day stresses you may feel as a new mother. These stresses cause a blockage in the flow of energy within the liver channel, which is related to nipple function in women and thus breast milk production and nursing. Aside from avoiding all stress (yeah, right), acupuncture can open up the energy blockages causes the painful symptoms.When you receive acupuncture to treat these symptoms, you can rest assured that there will be no needles inserted into your breast! The practitioner will be treating the liver channel, which has points near the rib cage and on the torso, legs, and feet.The best way to treat mastitis is by combining western medicine (antibiotics) to get rid of the infection, and acupuncture along with other TCM therapies to relieve the blockage.