The arrival of your new baby is an exciting time but can also be exhausting and overwhelming. In Chinese medicine the first month after giving birth is crucial to the immediate and future health of both mother and baby. This is a time to rest, recuperate and be supported.

Many women face the challenges of fatigue and poor sleep; even when they do get the chance to rest. Common issues that can arise in those early months after the birth are with baby being unsettled, painful or numb caesarean scar, wrist pain from nursing, feeling overwhelmed, feeling run down and catching colds more easily.

If you are having any breastfeeding issues, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help boost milk supply, encourage let down and help clear mastitis. Treatments may also regulate your hormones and balance moods. Traditional Chinese medicine says ‘feed the mother to feed the child’. The acupuncturists at South Hobart Acupuncture provide space for women to come in feel supported and have some ‘me time’. We suggest that women are seen within the first 10 days after birth, fortnightly for the first 3 months and monthly thereafter.

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