Is Acupuncture compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Acupuncture?


July 4, 2014 (Very Low Risk)

Acupuncture has been used by traditional Chinese Medicine to improve milk production and as a treatment of milk stasis ("plethora") and mastitis.

Although high quality scientific evidence is lacking, published papers are promising: acupuncture treatment done by experts could be useful to manage specific breastfeeding problems.


We do not have alternatives for Acupuncture since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


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