Help for Moms & Babies
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Lymphatic massage (MLD) supports breastfeeding by quickening resolution of over engorgement, which in turn facilitates latch and maternal comfort. As a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I also assist with any and all infant feeding concerns.
MLD for Over Engorgement
The administration of IV fluids before, during, and after birth, often with pitocin, causes edema (the retention of excess fluids in the tissues of the body). Edema is most noticeable in the extremities of the body, as well as the breasts. Edema in the breasts complicates breastfeeding:
It is difficult for baby to latch
"Women who received intravenous fluids during labour had higher levels of breast edema postpartum and rated their breasts as firmer and more tender than women who did not receive intravenous fluids." http://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-015-0043-8
Current studies of Theraeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) conclude that massage is very beneficial for promoting lactation and maternal comfort. http://jhl.sagepub.com/content/32/1/123