Breastfeeding: why it can be complicated

Breastfeeding is a normal process in which a female body prepares itself to feed a newborn by producing hormones such as prolactin and oxytocin. Breast milk has all the carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals that sustains a newborns life before being able to eat. Breast feeding is great for the infant to attain immunity. However, it may be a struggle for some mothers to produce enough to feed for the newborn, causing stress. In Chinese medicine, 

Signs & Symptoms

A patient might experience symptoms that can indicate a low milk supply. Symptoms include:
  • Breast lack the feel of milk
  • Irregular sleeping patterns of the newborn
  • Newborn is fussy and unhappy
  • Newborn constantly has the need to breastfeed
  • Inadequate pumping
  • Poor weight gain of the newborn
  • Newborn may be dehydrated with fewer wet diapers through out the day


In many of the cases we have encountered the causes and are usually universal and can include:

  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep 
  • Dehydration
  • Imbalance of hormones
  • Inadequate nutritional intake of proper foods and beverages
  • Maternal hypertension (gestational hypertension)
  • Maternal diabetes (gestational diabetes)
  • Insufficient latch from the newborn

How we treat it

Over the years, our team of Chinese medicine specialists at the Nei Jing center in Jerusalem has achieved excellent results with many patients in the treatment of P.M.S. and menstrual pain.


Both are usually signs of an underlying imbalance in the body, that our methods can very effectively diagnose and address. After a first consultation meeting, during which we will look at your health history and determine the specific patterns of imbalance that may be present in your case, we will lay out for you an individualized course of treatment tailored to your needs, and direct you to the right member of our team. Therapeutic methods that we specialize in include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Tuina massage and cupping
  • Reflexology
  • Lifestyle and dietary advice

For a consultation meeting please call


שמעון פאול פרידלנדר​
Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander