Breast Massage

Why Breast Massage Increases Milk Supply

Massaging your breasts will clear the milk ducts and cause the milk to flow more freely, which will help empty the breasts and therefore trigger a higher milk production.

Breast massage is not just for those mothers wanting to increase their milk supply. It is also an important area of breast health that is neglected due to the image that society has created about “touching yourself".

Your breasts do not get exercise or stimulation, and as a result you will have a fluid buildup, which can lead to breast problems.

Benefits of this Type of Massage

  • An increase in blood circulation within the breast.
  • You can decrease the symptoms of menstrual cramps.
  • Help with pain from surgery.
  • Reduce discomfort during pregnancy.
  • Improve your skin tone.
  • Increase breast milk production.
  • It can help for relief of engorgement.
  • Unblock plugged milk glands.
  • Massage breasts for relaxation.
  • Toning of the muscles in your breasts.
  • Breast firmness and increasing its overall attractiveness.
  • Helps for drainage during breastfeeding.
  • Breast cancer prevention.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved, which can actually prevent cancer by removing unwanted toxins.
  • Breast self-examination: Self exam improves awareness of any breast lumps or bumps.
  • Decreased appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Natural breast enlargement and enhancement: Some women massage to stimulate breast growth, resulting in a larger cup size.

Breast Massage Tips

  • The best massage technique: first start pumping the lymph glands in your armpits. This lymphatic massage will get the blood and toxins flowing.
  • Use a lotion whilst massaging: a natural lotion if you are breastfeeding. Coconut and/or olive oil is natural and safe to use.
  • Gentle rubbing and/or squeezing is enough to get the blood flowing. Do not press too hard, or you could damage your glandular tissue. The rule of thumb is that it should not be painful. 
  • When you feel your breasts warming up, it’s a good sign; this indicates that the blood flow in your breasts has increased.
  • These massages should be done daily.
  • You can massage your breasts every time you have a bath; you can use soap as a lubricant. This way you won't forget and you will be more relaxed during a massage.

Other Helpful Resources

Other useful pages on breastfeeding problems in connection with breast massaging:

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