- Start with one breast and raise your arm on that side.
- Using long, upward strokes, gently apply pressure on the outer side of the breast to the armpit, where your lymph nodes are.
- Do the same thing with the other breast.
- Now, massage the inner sides of the breasts toward the location of the lymph nodes at the middle of the chest.
This technique helps remove fluid which you cannot hand-express.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to breastfeeding massage therapy. If you’re having difficulty or discomforts, consult your doctor.
Furthermore, remember that TBML is just one way to improve the overall breastfeeding experience. Below are some of the other tips you can consider:
Breast massage is a tool with several purposes. It can help detect breast cancer early, reduce lymphedema, and improve the overall breastfeeding experience by reducing pain and swelling and promoting lactation.
There’s no one way to massage the breast, so if you’re having difficulties or persistent symptoms, consult your doctor right away.
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