Perform Breast Massage During Pregnancy To Launch Breast Milk?
Good evening, I want to ask Lisa. at what gestational age can we do breast massage so that our milk comes out before giving birth so that during birth the baby does not lack breast milk?
Thank you for the question.
All mothers would want to give the best for their baby, including by trying to provide exclusive breastfeeding early in life. This effort can be done in various ways, including by doing massages in the breast so that ASI production increases.
However, you need to understand, that breast massage can trigger an increase in the production of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone, in addition to playing a role in the process of ejection of breast milk, can also trigger uterine muscle contractions. If these contractions occur very strongly, then preterm labor can occur if your uterine age is too early. Therefore, it is not recommended to do breast massage before the age of 36 weeks, even without consulting a doctor first.
If your current womb is less than 36 weeks, so that later your milk production can meet the needs of your baby, just multiply to drink and eat nutritious foods, such as grains, vegetables, and other types of food variations. Not only that, you also need to be diligent in cleaning your breasts, especially in the nipple area where your milk comes out later.
Later, if your uterus is 36 weeks old and your doctor is allowed to do a lactation massage, you can do it by:
Wash your hands thoroughly, also make sure the nails have been shortened
Use special oils if necessary (for example baby oil or olive oil)
Massage the breast in the direction of turning the needle slowly
Sort your breasts from the outside inwards towards the nipples from all sides, i.e. top, bottom, right and left
If you feel a lump or swelling in the breast that feels painful, apply a warm compress in the area
It is not recommended to use any cream, ointment or substance when doing breast massage to avoid the risk of allergic or dangerous skin irritation
That's all our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with your doctor or obstetrician.
I hope this helps.