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J Hum Lact. 2000 Feb;16(1):52-6.

The use of alternative therapies in the support of breastfeeding.

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Department of Psychology, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252, USA.


Surveys show that a significant percentage of Americans are using alternative therapies. Women are more likely than men to seek alternative health care and often use alternative therapies for childbirth-related concerns. Despite abundant anecdotal evidence supporting the efficacy of alternative practice for the enhancement of breastfeeding, surprisingly little corroborating empirical evidence exists in the medical literature. This article reviews the studies pertaining to the use of several alternative techniques for breastfeeding women including herbalism, acupuncture, imagery, massage, diet, and the application of cabbage leaves. Speculation is made regarding the psychological value of women's use of alternative treatments during breastfeeding.

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