Lactation Research

A randomised-controlled trial in Sweden of acupuncture and care interventions for the relief of inflammatory symptoms of the breast during lactation.
Kvist LJ, Hall-Lord ML, Rydhstroem H, Larsson BW., Midwifery. 2007 Jun;23(2):184-95. Epub 2006 Oct 18. Source: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Floor 2, Helsingborg Hospital, Helsingborg, SE-251 87 Sweden. linda.kvist@helsingborgslasarett.se KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: If acupuncture treatment is acceptable to the mother, this, together with care interventions such as correction of breast feeding position and babies attachment to the breast, might be a more expedient and less invasive choice of treatment than the use of oxytocin nasal spray. Midwives, nurses or medical practitioners with specialist competence in breast feeding should be the primary care providers for mothers with inflammatory symptoms of the breast during lactation. The use of antibiotics for inflammatory symptoms of the breast should be closely monitored in order to help the global community reduce resistance development among bacterial pathogens.
Published on Oct 18, 2006

Acupuncture treatment as breastfeeding support: preliminary data.
Neri I, Allais G, Vaccaro V, Minniti S, Airola G, Schiapparelli P, Benedetto C, Facchinetti F., Journal of Alternative Complementary Med. 2011 Feb;17(2):133-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0714. Epub 2011 Feb 8. Source: Mother-Infant Department, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. neri.isabella@unimore.it CONCLUSIONS: Such preliminary data suggest that 3 weeks of acupuncture treatment were more effective than observation alone in maintaining breastfeeding until the third month of the newborns’ lives.
Published on Feb 8, 2011

Clinical observation on the effects of electroacupuncture at Shaoze (SI 1) in 46 cases of postpartum insufficient lactation.
Wei L, Wang H, Han Y, Li C., Journal of Traditional Chin Med. 2008 Sep;28(3):168-72. CONCLUSIONS: Electroacupuncture at Shaoze (SI 1) was obviously effective for postpartum insufficient lactation.
Published on Sep 28, 2008

Human maternal placentophagy: a survey of self-reported motivations and experiences associated with placenta consumption.
Selander J, Cantor A, Young SM, Benyshek DC. Human maternal placentophagy: a survey of self-reported motivations and experiences associated with placenta consumption. Ecol Food Nutr. 2013;52(2):93-115.
Published on Mar 1, 2013

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