Breech Babies ~ the TURN!

Pulsatilla – the windflower~ is blooming right now.  Early spring is the time that this plant blooms and moves with the wind and rain of the season.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that is very common to see as a remedy state in pregnancy and in children.

pulsatilla

Pregnancy

Pulsatilla is the remedy to remind a breech or transverse baby that the most anatomically correct way to be born is in an anterior, vertex position.  This may not be the case for all babies, I do think there are babies that do just fine being born breech.  But for those that can change the position safely, Pulsatilla creates the gentle reminder and the mother and baby create a more optimal fetal position together.

This happens within 24 hours of taking a single dose of Pulsatilla 200C and quite often the mother is not aware of it happening.  I have clinically seen this occur up to the 39th week of pregnancy.

This is a safe option to explore.  The remedy will only work if the change of position is to the advantage of the baby.  If the cord is too short or tangled to make the switch, nothing will happen.  If the placement of the placenta will be compromised by a move, then again, the baby will not turn.  Homeopathy is safe because it ONLY works with the body, it can’t override the body.  It makes suggestions and the body can choose to respond or not.

Pulsatilla is also very helpful for:

  • morning sickness
  • fear of labour
  • jealousy in pregnancy
  • long first stage of labour that stops and starts
  • indecisive about planning for birth

Childhood Pulsatilla

Baby

A Pulsatilla baby is usually born to a Pulsatilla mother.  These babies will strongly prefer to  be carried every moment, mainly by their mothers.  They need a lot of attention, tending, adjusting and adapting on the part of  the mother.  They weep often but are quickly consoled by cuddling.  They are changeable babies and very sensitive to being alone – even for a moment. You will observe all of these same characteristics present in the mother as well.

Child

  • thick, yellow discharges – eyes, nose or ears
  • remedy for chickenpox – still wants to snuggle despite the itching
  • thirstless – have to beg this child to take sips

Pulsatilla 200C is an appropriate dose for both pregnant women and children.  Please visit my website for more information.  I offer online consults, learning opportunities and ebooks on my site.  Thank you for reading and your feedback!

warmly

Piper

 

 

 

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Homeopathy to Increase Milk Supply

1 week old and breast-feeding perfected
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There are several homeopathic remedies that are able to ask the body to increase your milk supply.  However – before you read further please check that you are first aware of the following vital actions that are more important then any remedies:

  • you are spending significant time resting, in bed SKIN TO SKIN with your baby
  • you have had some professional nursing support from a lactation consultant, a midwife, a doula or another mother that is experienced in breastfeeding.
  • you are drinking a min. of 8 glasses of water daily
  • you are eating a min. of three meals a day with protein, fruits, vegetables and grains
  • you are feeling supported in your home – i.e care for other children is in place, meals, laundry help etc. is happening
  • you are not in pain

If you are able to adjust any of these areas please do – they do make a difference.  It is most likely that you are in need of extra support – your body knows how to make milk and feed the baby that you just grew and gave birth to.  Trust in this.

Pulsatilla 200C

this is for a milk supply that is erratic – it is good, then it is low, then it is fine again.  Often the mother feels very weepy, wants to have lots of reassurance and company.

Lac Caninum 200C

Lac Caninum is a remedy that will address milk flow issues that switch from side to side.  The mother may feel a conflict between nursing and the sexuality of her breasts – this needs to be resolved to fully step into breastfeeding.

For more in-depth information on remedies to support breastfeeding please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com and refer to my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.

Homeopathy and Breastfeeding

Homeopathy is completely safe while you are breastfeeding.  It will assist both the mother and the baby both physically and mentally/emotionally.  There are a wide range of remedies to support milk supply, heal from mastitis and treat thrush. 

Remedies for increasing Milk Supply – To increase milk supply STAY in BED, SKIN TO SKIN with your baby.  Call on your family and friends to provide you with food and water, rest and the milk will come.  You can also try the following homeopathic remedies to encourage your body.

Pulsatilla 200C– 2 pellets once a day for three days.  Pulsatilla women are usually weepy, in need of company and physical comfort and affection.  They want to feel cherished and cared for postpartum.  If they are feeling lonely or left out then the milk supply will be effected.  This is a milk supply that seems good, then dwindles, comes back up and changes again.  There is a lot of changeability in the mood of the mother and the baby along with the shifts in the level of breast milk. 

Lac Humanum 200C

This is a remedy made of breast milk.  It is important for women that are experiencing difficulty bonding with their babies.  Women that feel uncomfortable with breast feeding and are unsure about their own instincts in this regard.  For example the woman may feel worried about not being able to measure the amount of milk a baby is consuming in a feeding.  She may need a lot of reassurance about her confidence in being able to fully  nourish her child.

Healing from Mastitis

When using homeopathy to treat mastitis it is vitally important to act as soon as the symptoms appear.  You will have a much greater opportunity to heal quickly if you have the remedies on hand and take them when you first notice the following:

  • pain, tenderness, shooting pain
  • red streaks, red, local spot
  • feeling of congestion in the breast
  • fever, headache and irritability
  • achy feeling, as if you are getting ill

Mastitis usually occurs when you are overdoing it and not drinking enough water.  Go to bed, drink water and line up the baby’s chin with the place on your breast that is painful.  This positioning will allow the baby to drain that particular duct.  The two most important remedies to have on hand are:

1.  Belladonna 1M – 2 pellets as needed – you may need to repeat this remedy a few times to completely clear the pain.  Belladonna states come on fast and get bad quickly.  The fever, heat and redness are strong features – the Belladonna time is 3:00 pm so if you notice it begins or worsens at that time it is likely a Belladonna mastitis.  You may also have a throbbing headache. Belladonna usually effects the right side of the body first and most strongly.

2.  Bryonia 200C – Bryonia has a strong connection with dehydration – usually the lips are very dry and the woman is extremely thirsty for cold water.  There is a high level of irritability, headache and a strong desire to have NO movement, they hold their breasts walking up and down the stairs and wear a bra to bed.  The pace of this remedy is slow and the progress of the pain is slow compared to the quick, violent onset of Belladonna. 

Treatment of Thrush – this appears on both the mother and baby, usually after antibiotics have been in use during the labour or postpartum.  Systemically taking acidophilus daily and giving an infant acidophilus formula to the baby is appropriate to create a healthy flora in the gut.  In terms of homeopathic remedies:

Borax 200C – this is an incredibly effective remedy for thrush in newborns.  Besides the distinctive white patches on the tongue and cheeks babies needing Borax are extremely sensitive.  They will be fast asleep and wake as soon as they are put down.  They startle at the slightest sounds and prefer to have some time on their own vs being caressed and carried all the time.  This remedy may be one to consider if the mother is experiencing postpartum depression – it is a grief remedy and the baby may also be experiencing a type of postpartum depression.  Two pellets for both the mother and baby will usually clear the mouth within 1-2 days.  For more information and support regarding homeopathy and breastfeeding please visit my website and access my on-line book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.