Breastfeeding is the most natural thing that can happen in the world. However, some issues might occur as a result of breastfeeding from difficulties with milk production, such as producing too little or too much, to clogged milk ducts, and all these can make new mothers worried which is why it is important to be prepared to deal with whatever comes your way.
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While each of these issues may have its solution, a lactation massage can help with the majority of these issues and it is something you can do yourself because it is very simple. The massage technique is similar to that of a regular breast massage, but it offers numerous advantages for a nursing mother which is why it is recommended.
Benefits of lactation massage
1 Reduced pain
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The milk that clogs ducts or causes breast hardness is freed during your daily lactation massage. This will help things flow more freely again, as well as reduce any discomfort caused by clogged ducts.
2 Better milk flow
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Massage helps to clear the milk ducts and increase higher milk production when done while breastfeeding. Lactation massage can aid in the production of Oxytocin, which aids in the relaxation of milk duct muscles.
3 Improved Latching
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When the nipples are overly firm, it's difficult for babies to latch on. Nipple massage for lactation softens the breasts and makes it easier for your infant to latch on.
4 Prevents Stretch Marks
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Breastfeeding can have a negative impact on the breast's look because it grows larger during nursing and it shrinks back to its original size when you stop breastfeeding which can cause stretch marks to appear on the breast. A massage with cold-pressed oils like olive, coconut, or almond oil can help with this issue.
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