Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Lactation and New Mothers

Many women after childbirth struggle with insufficient lactation. This condition can cause an extreme amount of grief and worry in parents. Many women feel very guilty if they cannot produce enough breast milk and feel a great amount of shame.

One treatment option for insufficient lactation is a combination of acupuncture, herbs and cupping therapy.

What is Cupping?

Glass cups that are shaped like small fish bowls are placed on the woman’s back and scapula region. Cupping feels like a massage, it loosens sore muscles, opens the pores and when used over the scapula can help increase breast milk flow. Cupping may cause some bruising but is generally mild and non painful.This therapy has been used for women with low breast milk for thousands of years in Asian countries. Cupping therapy was made famous in the United States by Gwyneth Paltrow who wore a low back dress after cupping. Cupping is also used for musculo-skeletal pains, edema, colds and flus and mental emotional concerns.

Acupuncture and herbal therapies at All and One Acupuncture are customized to the patient’s individual heath needs. The frequency and amount of treatment needed depends on the health history and goals of the patient.


Sara Garoppolo is a licensed Portland Acupuncturist. She is currently a Doctorate student at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and recently completed a year of advanced women’s health medicine studies.

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