Jeffrey Winsauer, PhD, MD China; LAc, CLC, a practitioner with extensive training in the U.S. and China specializing in Women’s health, says he is honored to be working among lactation care providers. Having recently completed the Lactation Counselor Training Course (LCTC), Dr. Winsauer reports enthusiastically that “everyone should be taking [the course.]”
Dr. Winsauer has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for decades. He completed a Traditional Chinese Medicine PhD and a Doctor of Integrative/Oriental Medicine (MD China) degree at the Guangzhou TCM University in Mandarin. Later, he went on to pioneer acupuncture at Mayo Clinic Rochester, was appointed guest medical professor at Sun Yat-sen Zhongshan Medical School, and completed a fellowship in gynecology and infertility at the Shenzhen TCM Hospital. [https://gardenacu.com/about-garden-acupuncture]
About four years ago, Dr. Winsauer returned to the U.S.
He observes something ethereal about the pregnant patients he’s worked with.
“In the third trimester… that’s where I begin to see that something happens, something qualitatively different,” he begins. “It’s a magical time. I know it sounds weird, but it’s a good feeling.”
TCM can be used to relieve pain and discomfort during pregnancy as well as conditions like preeclampsia, Dr. Winsauer reports. TCM strategies like acupuncture can help a new mother release stress. What’s more, the “famous TCM gynecologist Fu Qing-Zhu (1607-1684AD) claimed that with acupuncture and herbs, women ‘will have their breast milk gushing like a spring in no time.’” [https://www.tcmworld.org/4-tips-for-easier-breastfeeding-2/]
In TCM, postpartum mothers are advised to practice zuo yue zi, or a ‘sitting month’, where they adhere to a set of diet and lifestyle restrictions in order to restore and replenish the body. (You can read about one woman’s experience here.)
In this sense, Dr. Winsauer says lactation work was a natural segue, and he has plans to continue his training. He’s also considered pursuing midwifery at this point in his career.
Dr. Winsauer is well versed in traditional Chinese recipes that are intended to help postpartum mothers replenish their Yin, Blood and Qi. There’s fish head soup; its fatty, coagulous nature replenishes fluids and increases blood flow to the uterus, he explains. Pigs feet or black (Silkie) chicken cooked in huang jiu offer healing properties too. This article details more food traditions said to be beneficial to the postpartum body.
Continuing to reflect on his work, Dr. Winsauer recalls one mother in particular who is currently breastfeeding her first child and would like to have a second baby. She is “in the midst of a transfer,” where an embryo is growing outside of her body and will soon be placed into her uterus.
Dr. Winsauer has concerns about her child continuing to suckle at the breast, because the hormones that breastfeeding trigger counteract the effectiveness of the “heavy duty chemical medicine” that the mother takes in order to help her have a successful second pregnancy.
Dr. Winsauer exercises a thoughtful and compassionate approach to a delicate situation where very powerful forces are at play: the desire to continue breastfeeding and the desire to conceive.
The LCTC offered Dr. Winsauer an opportunity to contemplate how to effectively and empathetically work with this mother.
You can learn more about Dr. Winsauer’s work here.