Agalactia: The failure of the secretion of milk from any cause other than the normal ending of the lactation period.
A condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother’s breasts after her child has been delivered.
Low milk production can occur due to nutritional deficiencies in mother or due to infrequent feeding.Yes, the more you feed your baby, the more breast milk you will produce. Mothers often worry about how to increase breast milk. Establishing a good milk supply in the beginning can make a difference in how long the relationship continues.
Pediatricians recommend that babies be breastfed for a minimum of one year while the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond. According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (USA), only 16.3 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed at six months, with 25.5 percent still receiving breast milk at 12 months.
Some reasons for low milk production include
A rare cause of agalactia is complete failure of the mammary glands to develop in the female. Why breast tissue does not develop is not well understood. Milk let-down may fail to occur from either hormonal causes or psychological abnormalities. First-time pregnancies in young or the presence of anxiety or nervousness may prevent the mother from being relaxed enough to allow the litter to suckle. In highly stressed female, adrenalin is secreted and interferes with the hormone, oxytocin, which enhances milk let-down. Generalized debilitating conditions, such as infection of the uterus, mammary glands, or other systemic organs, can lead to agalactia. Nutritional deficiency of the dam can cause agalactia but is uncommon in most female on well-balanced diets. some causes incudes-
- not getting a good latch in the beginning
- baby continuously falling asleep due to under stimulation or the medication the mother may be on
- premature babies that lack muscle tone
- low thyroid
- lack of nutrition or hydration
Healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, omega 3 fatty acids and ample water can help in increasing breast milk.
Homeopathic Medicines to Increase Breast Milk
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic remedies for increase breast milk are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The homeopathic remedies for increase breast milk given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these homeopathic remedies for increase breast milk should be taken without professional advice.
Mammae congested, hot, hard and distended, with little or no milk. A state of fear, anxiety; anguish of mind and body. Physical and mental restlessness, fright, is the most characteristic manifestation of Aconite. Acute, sudden, and violent invasion, with fever, call for it. Does not want to be touched. Sudden and great sinking of strength. Complaints and tension caused by exposure to dry, cold weather, draught of cold air, checked perspiration, also complaints from very hot weather, especially gastro-intestinal disturbances, etc. First remedy in inflammations, inflammatory fevers. Serous membranes and muscular tissues affected markedly.
Despairing sadness; milk scanty or disappears. Scanty menses. Abhorrence of sexual intercourse. Relaxation of genitals, with leucorrhśa. Agalactia; with sadness. Sterility. Leucorrhśa staining yellow; transparent. Hysterical palpitation with nose bleed.
Deficiency of milk, with oversensitiveness, and when the milk flows it is offensive to the babe; veins unnaturally distended. Irritable; complains of her troubles; sensitive. Boring above eyebrows. Pressive pain from within outward. Great difficulty in bringing up wind. Flatulence and regurgitation of liquid. Hysterical flatulence. Great distention. Sensation of emptiness and weakness, with distention and beating in stomach and abdomen. Forcible eructation of gas. Pulsation in pit of stomach. Violent gastralgia; cutting and burning in stomach and region of diaphragm. Gurgling and rolling of wind, which escapes afterwards with loud and difficult eructation.
Amaurosis threatens; pulsations and noises in the ears; anxiety and despondency, sallow face-the woman has suffered from night- watching and troubles; rheumatic diathesis.
Suppression from exposure to cold, damp air; milk scanty and skin sensitive to cold. Hot days and cold nights towards the close of summer are especially favorable to the action of Dulcamara, and is one of the remedies that correspond in their symptoms to the conditions found as effects of damp weather, colds after exposure to wet, especially diarrhœa. It has a specific relation also to the skin, glands, and digestive organs, mucous membranes secreting more profusely while the skin is inactive.
Breasts diminish in size and the secretion of milk nearly stops.
Milk scanty, with scorbutic gums, swelling of glands, etc. Menses profuse, with abdominal pains. Leucorrhśa excoriating, greenish and bloody; sensation of rawness in parts. Stinging pain in ovaries (Apis). Itching and burning; worse, after urinating; better, washing with cold water. Morning sickness, with profuse salivation. Mammć painful
Mammae swollen and painful; flow of milk scanty or absent; patient gloomy and tearful, though in apparent good health. This is usually the first remedy thought of in suppression of milk. The breasts are swollen and painful and the flow of milk is absent or scanty. The patient is apt to be depressed and tearful. When no cause is discernible for the non-appearance of milk, Urtica urens has been found useful, and if suppressed from a fit of anger Chamomilla is the remedy. Causticum, too, has been used successfully in rheumatic women to increase breast milk.
Entire want of appetite, mental derangement and thoughts of suicide; vitiated lochia, lasting too long; loss of power in lower extremities.
It is also an excellent remedy given in the lower potencies for the non-appearance of milk or to increase breast milk. It also increases its flow in nursing women. Castor oil should never be given to prepare a woman for labor, nor for constipation in pregnancy at any time. Agnus castus is also a remedy for suppression of the milk where the patient is low-spirited.
Thin scrawny women, whose breasts do not properly fill with milk; there is much stinging in them.Menstrual colic, with coldness and intolerance of heat. Passive hæmorrhages in feeble, cachectic women. Burning pains in uterus. Brownish, offensive leucorrhœa. Menses irregular, copious, dark; continuous oozing of watery blood until next period. Threatened abortion about the third month (Sab). During labor no expulsive action, though everything is relaxed. After-pains. Suppression of milk; breasts do not fill properly. Dark, offensive lochia. Puerperal fever, putrid discharges, tympanitis, coldness, suppressed urine.
Non-appearance of milk without any appreciable cause. A remedy for agalactia and lithiasis. Profuse discharge from mucous surfaces. Enuresis and urticaria. Spleen affections. Antidotes ill-effects of eating shellfish. Symptoms return at the same time every year. Gout and uric acid diathesis. Favors elimination. Rheumatism associated with urticaria-like eruptions. Diminished secretion of milk. Uterine hemorrhage. Acid and excoriating leucorrhea. Pruritus vulvae, with stinging, itching, and edema. Arrests flow of milk after weaning. Excessive swelling of breasts.