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The Year of the Earth Dog

The Year of the Earth Dog

The Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16th this year. Also known as the Spring Festival in China and Taiwan, it is celebrated for the entire week and is a good time for spring cleaning and wearing bright red for good luck. On this special day it is wise to avoid accidents and focus on gentleness and appreciation to create a beneficial influence for the rest of the year.

“The part can never be well, unless the whole is well.”

“The part can never be well, unless the whole is well.”

Spring is officially here, and as the season of renewal it brings new life. Plants are starting to sprout and our gardens are starting to bud. New life is all around us both in nature and at the Jade clinic...what isn’t so easy to see is the care that we offer women before they become pregnant.

National Breastfeeding Week Starts Today

Are you expecting a little one? Are you a new mom already? If so this information is for you! Today marks the start of National Breastfeeding Week, and in celebration of all that mother’s give us as children we are putting together some information on post partum support groups for lactating mommas. We also want to touch base on the ever so stressful words “low milk supply,” and give you moms some information on how we can help. The perils of a new mom are extensive enough without having to worry about feeding your little.

Low milk supply can be extremely frustrating to deal with. Luckily most OBGYN physicians now know that this problem can be treated naturally with supplements, herbal formulations, increasing fluid intake, and a course of acupuncture or acupressure if needed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), insufficient milk production is said to be the result of disharmony of Qi within the body, more specifically the spleen and liver. Acupuncture works to open up the flow of Qi, which in turn reduces pain and inflammation, as well as working to increase the flow of fluids to the area through prolactin stimulation. A qualified practitioner of TCM, like our own John Charlebois, will be able to select the appropriate treatment plan for you.

Looking for a support group to talk about your breastfeeding experience instead of a one on one treatment with a practitioner?  Check out these local area groups that offer family support and resources.

breastfeeding-iconBirth Roots 101 State St, Portland, ME 04102 www.ourbirthroots.org 

La Leche League Bridgton – Beth 693-4793 email: kmbrown@pivot.net Brunswick – Colette 833-2863 email: cgatchell@gwi.net Kennebunk – Gwen 967-0398 email: gvesenka@yahoo.com Portland – Ashley 773-6985 email: alasbury@gmail.com

http://www.lllusa.org/MENH/Maine

Lactation Connection at Mercy, The Birthplace at Mercy Hospital 175 Fore River Pkwy, Portland, 553-6340 http://www.mercyhospital.org/content/lactationconnection.htm

Breastfeeding Forum at Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102 http://www.mmcfamilybirth.org/en-us/Childbirth-Education/Pages/AdjustingtoPostpartum.aspx#bs

The Breastfeeding Center of Maine 101 State Street, Portland, ME 04101 207-775-MILK (6455)

Mom to Mom of Maine

http://momtomomofme.org/

If you have specific questions for John and his treatment of low milk supply or any other post partum related issues, you can schedule a free 30 minute consultation by calling our office at (207) 773-5778.