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