Managing Decreased Breast Milk Through Ayurveda


                                 World Breastfeeding Week – August 1 – 7

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Breast milk is the best nutrition a mother can give to her child . Feeding the child is the most satisfying and fulfilling experience for a mother . The child should be breastfed exclusively for first six months after birth . But when amount of breast milk decreases or is inadequate , it becomes very distressing.

Ayurveda describes decreased breast milk as ‘ Stanya Kshaya’  i.e Stanya means breast milk and Kshaya means decrease.

Absence or faulty secretion of breast milk following childbirth is called ‘Agalactia’ or ‘Agalactorrhoea’ .

The decreased secretion may occur from beginning and continue through entire period of lactation or it may be normal initially and decrease gradually .


Causes ( According to Ayurveda ):

Anger , grief , fear , absence of affection for the child .
Fasting , intake of dry or non – oleaginous edibles and fluids.
Excessive exercise , emaciation , inadequate sleep and rest.
Excessive use of purifying measures.
Pregnancy during lactation.

Other causes:

Sore nipples.
Smoking and alcohol consumption.
Taking oral contraceptives.
Providing other feeds in between breast feeding.



Decreased breast milk can be treated by :

Herbs & Formulations
Daily regimen

Herbs & Formulations


Fenugreek , Garlic , Fennel , Cumin , Turmeric , Dry Ginger, Puereria tuberosa ( Vidarikand ) , Asparagus racemosa ( Shatavari ) , Nigella sativa (Kalaunji), Withania somnifera ( Ashwagandha)

These can be taken in powdered form or as a paste with milk , singly or in combination and also as milk medicated with any of the herbs mentioned .

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5 thoughts on “Managing Decreased Breast Milk Through Ayurveda

  1. When my wife delivered my son, she had less milk. As suggested by the doctor she took Shatavari Kalp. for two and half years, my son survived only with mother’s milk.

  2. Love this post! Thank you!! There is so much a new mom doesn’t know about breastfeeding, I’m scowering the internet myself to help my friends. I was blessed with it coming easy for me (AFTER we figured out how to latch). – but os many of my friends have struggled. And dried up their supply not knowing they were!

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