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How a Nutritionist / Naturopath / Homeopath can help with Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the natural process of feeding a baby with milk produced in a woman’s mammary glands. Breast milk is considered a great source of nutrition for infants, providing essential nutrients and antibodies that support their growth and development. 

We at Morkare Natural Clinic can help you with naturopathic, Homeopathic, and Nutrition treatments if you are having difficulty breastfeeding.


Breastfeeding is a natural and essential aspect of motherhood, but it can come with a variety of symptoms and challenges. Here are some common symptoms associated with breastfeeding:

  • Breast Engorgement: This is the uncomfortable feeling of fullness and swelling of the breasts. It can occur when the milk supply initially increases or if the breasts aren’t adequately emptied during feeding.
  • Nipple Pain: Many new mothers experience sore, cracked, or sensitive nipples, which can be due to the baby’s latch or improper positioning during feeding.
  • Mastitis: This is an infection or inflammation of the breast tissue, often accompanied by symptoms like breast pain, redness, warmth, and flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills.
  • Low Milk Supply: Some women may struggle with producing enough milk to meet their baby’s needs, leading to concerns about infant nutrition.
  • Blocked Milk Ducts: Milk ducts can become clogged, causing localized pain, tenderness, and sometimes small, hard lumps in the breast.
  • Thrush: A yeast infection can develop in the baby’s mouth or on the mother’s nipples, leading to symptoms like sharp shooting breast pain or white patches in the baby’s mouth.
  • Leaking Milk: Spontaneous milk leakage from the breasts can be both embarrassing and inconvenient, often occurring when the breasts become overly full.
  • Breastfeeding Fatigue: Mothers may experience physical and emotional exhaustion due to the round-the-clock demands of feeding, which can impact their overall well-being.
  • Breast Pain or Sensitivity: This can be caused by hormonal changes, growth spurts in the baby, or other factors and may manifest as a general discomfort or tenderness in the breasts.

It’s essential for breastfeeding mothers to seek support and guidance, whether from healthcare professionals or naturopaths/nutritionists or our homeopaths, to address these symptoms and ensure a positive breastfeeding experience for both the mother and baby.

How to Identify

Identifying breastfeeding issues from a naturopathic perspective involves a holistic approach that considers not only the physical symptoms but also the overall health and well-being of both the mother and the baby. Naturopaths aim to identify and address the root causes of breastfeeding problems while promoting natural and non-invasive solutions. Here’s a detailed look at the naturopathic approach to diagnosing and managing breastfeeding issues:

  • Comprehensive Health Assessment: Naturopaths begin by conducting a thorough assessment of the mother and baby’s health, including medical history, dietary habits, lifestyle factors, and any pre-existing conditions. This holistic evaluation helps identify potential underlying causes of breastfeeding challenges.
  • Observation and Examination: Naturopaths observe the breastfeeding process to assess the baby’s latch, positioning, and overall comfort during feeding. They also examine the mother’s breasts for signs of engorgement, mastitis, or other physical issues that may affect breastfeeding.
  • Nutritional Analysis: A critical aspect of naturopathic diagnosis is evaluating the mother’s diet. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances can impact milk production and quality. Naturopaths may recommend dietary modifications and specific supplements to ensure the mother’s nutritional needs are met.
  • Hormonal Balance: Hormonal imbalances can affect milk production. Naturopaths may evaluate the mother’s hormonal health and suggest natural approaches to balance hormones, such as herbal remedies or lifestyle changes.
  • Herbal and Homeopathic Assessment: Naturopaths often incorporate herbal and homeopathic remedies to address breastfeeding issues. They assess whether specific herbs or homeopathic treatments are appropriate to stimulate milk production, alleviate pain, or treat infections like mastitis.
  • Stress and Emotional Factors: Emotional stress can negatively impact breastfeeding. Naturopaths consider the mother’s emotional well-being and may recommend stress-reduction techniques like relaxation exercises, meditation, or counseling to support a positive breastfeeding experience.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Naturopaths assess the mother’s overall lifestyle, including sleep patterns, exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins, which can all influence breastfeeding. Recommendations may include lifestyle adjustments to promote better milk production and overall well-being.
  • Support and Education: In addition to diagnosis, naturopaths provide education and emotional support to mothers. They offer guidance on proper breastfeeding techniques, positioning, and other practical aspects of breastfeeding.
  • Follow-Up and Monitoring: Naturopaths typically schedule follow-up appointments to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

At Morkare Natural Clinic our Naturopaths take a patient-centered approach, customizing their diagnosis and treatment to the unique needs of each mother and baby. The goal is to identify and address the underlying causes of breastfeeding issues, promote natural remedies, and provide comprehensive support to ensure a successful and fulfilling breastfeeding journey. This holistic approach not only resolves immediate issues but also fosters long-term health and well-being for both mother and child.


Breastfeeding issues can arise for various reasons, and understanding the common causes is crucial for effective diagnosis and resolution. Here are some of the frequent causes of breastfeeding problems:

  • Latch and Positioning Problems: One of the primary causes of breastfeeding issues is an improper latch or incorrect positioning of the baby at the breast. This can lead to nipple pain, discomfort, and inadequate milk transfer.
  • Engorgement: Overly full breasts, especially in the early days postpartum, can make it difficult for the baby to latch properly, causing discomfort for the mother and hindering effective milk removal.
  • Low Milk Supply: Insufficient milk production can be due to various factors, including hormonal imbalances, inadequate feeding frequency, or a lack of breast stimulation. This can result in a hungry baby and concerns about infant nutrition.
  • Mastitis: This painful condition is caused by a bacterial infection or blocked milk ducts, leading to symptoms like breast pain, redness, warmth, and flu-like symptoms.
  • Nipple Pain and Damage: Sore, cracked, or damaged nipples often result from an incorrect latch, tongue-tie (a condition where the strip of skin beneath the baby’s tongue is shorter than usual), or other factors.
  • Thrush: A yeast infection in the baby’s mouth or on the mother’s nipples can lead to sharp shooting breast pain and white patches in the baby’s mouth.
  • Emotional Stress: High levels of stress, anxiety, or depression can interfere with the let-down reflex and overall milk production.
  • Medication or Medical Conditions: Certain medications, medical conditions (e.g., polycystic ovary syndrome), or surgeries may affect milk production or breastfeeding comfort.
  • Nipple Confusion: Introducing bottle-feeding or pacifiers too early can cause nipple confusion, making it challenging for the baby to switch between breast and bottle.
  • Tongue-Tie: Anatomical issues like tongue-tie or lip-tie in the baby can hinder their ability to latch effectively.

Identifying these common causes and addressing them promptly with the help of healthcare professionals, lactation consultants, or naturopaths is essential for a positive breastfeeding experience. Support and guidance can help mothers and babies overcome these challenges and ensure that breastfeeding remains a nurturing and beneficial practice for both.

How a Nutritionist / Naturopath / Homeopath can help with Breastfeeding

We can offer support and guidance to breastfeeding women by utilizing natural and holistic approaches to promote lactation, address any potential breastfeeding challenges, and support the overall health and well-being of both the mother and the baby.

  1. Nutritional guidance: Personalised dietary recommendations to ensure that breastfeeding mothers are consuming a well-balanced diet that supports optimal milk production and overall health. We may suggest specific foods, herbs, or supplements that can enhance lactation and provide essential nutrients.

  2. Herbal remedies: We may recommend certain herbal supplements or teas that can help stimulate milk production or alleviate common breastfeeding-related issues such as engorgement, mastitis, or low milk supply. Examples of herbs that may be recommended include fenugreek and fennel.

  3. Lifestyle recommendations: Guidance on lifestyle adjustments that can support breastfeeding, including stress reduction techniques, adequate rest, and gentle exercise. We may also suggest specific relaxation techniques or practices that can help promote milk let-down and improve overall breastfeeding success.

  4. Addressing breastfeeding challenges: We can offer natural solutions for addressing common breastfeeding challenges such as latching difficulties, nipple pain, or milk supply issues. They may recommend techniques such as breast massage, warm compresses, or alternative feeding positions to alleviate discomfort and improve breastfeeding effectiveness.

  5. Emotional support: We can provide emotional support and guidance to help mothers cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of breastfeeding.

  6. Homeopathic Remedies: We can also prepare appropriate       homeopathic remedies to assist with breastfeeding and mastitis. 


If you would like support with breastfeeding please book in to chat with one of our nutritionists, Naturopaths, or homeopaths to discuss the appropriate treatment for you. 

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