Mother Massage Breast Massage Infant Massage by bestt571


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									     The primal language of life is Touch.
 The Art of Massage is an ancient tradition of                                                                       •   Using a gentle showerhead to massage the
health care that is Compassionate, Empowering,                                                                           breasts can also prevent and treat a blocked
                                                             A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can:                   duct.
                   and Holistic.
                                                                 •   rebalance mom’s body by relieving tension,      •   Alternating massage with expression
             Mother Massage                                          tightness and swelling from prolonged
                                                                     nursing, lifting, carrying, slings…etc;
                                                                                                                         significantly reduces the incidence and
                                                                                                                         severity of engorgement.
  •   Receiving massage can help mothers relax and                                                                   •   Massage relieves engorgement soreness by
      better enjoy breastfeeding. The care and attention a       •   reduce fatigue, tension, headaches, and
                                                                     postpartum blues by promoting emotional             increasing drainage of lymph nodes and milk
      mom receives from massage can guide her to                                                                         ducts, and promoting blood circulation.
      openly give more of herself.                                   and mental well-being through physical
                                                                     release and relaxation;
                                                                                                                     •   An RMT can demonstrate and teach the
  •   Massage increases the release of oxytocin (the                                                                     technique of self massage and hydrotherapy
                                                                 •   guide a mother through preventative
      pleasure and bonding hormone) in the brain which                                                                   techniques (when to use heat & ice).
                                                                     stretching, strengthening exercises and
      supports relaxation and bonding and may decrease
                                                                     postural support and awareness.
                                                                                                                             Infant Massage
                                                                       Breast Massage
                                                                                                                     •   Infant massage can be part of a daily or
                                                                 •   Massaging the breasts can stimulate letdown         weekly routine for mom or dad. It promotes
                                                                     and expression of milk.                             relaxation and sleep in baby and can be their
                                                                                                                         “special time”.
                                                                 •   Breast massage just before breastfeeding
                                                                     increases the fat content of the milk,          •   Mom can massage her baby’s back and feet
  •   On the upper back is an acupressure point used to              therefore promoting healthy infant weight           while she is breastfeeding.
      promote lactation and letdown. The nerves that                 gain.
      serve the breast originate in the upper spine,                                                                 •   Skin to skin contact helps the growth and
      between the shoulder blades. This area is often                                                                    development of the baby and enhances the
                                                                 •   If you are prone to uncomfortable plugged
      where women carry a lot of muscular tension.                                                                       bonding relationship between baby and
                                                                     ducts, while feeding baby, gently massage
      Massaging the upper back relaxes the shoulders                                                                     mom.
                                                                     the breast downward or towards the nipple.
      and promotes milk let-down.                                    This helps to drain the breast, clear plugged
                                                                     ducts and prevent mastitis.
  •   The mom, or a support person, can massage her
      inner ankle acupressure point at the beginning of a
      breastfeed to facilitate letdown.
 Breastfeeding mothers and infants have
been massaged for millennia; in fact, there
are few places in the world where mothers
                                                            It is priceless for mothers to learn
                                                             how to massage themselves and
 and infants do not receive massage after
                                                                       their children.                       for the

            Customs around the world:
     ~ In Japan, women and couples learn breast            Resources for parents:
massage in some hospitals and even receive a               Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving
certificate for it.                                        Parents by Vimala McClure
     ~ In Java, the new mother’s body is massaged all
over with a rice-flour paste and a root that makes the
skin tingle.                                               The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by LLL
     ~ In Malaysia, a specially trained masseur comes
every day to knead the new mother’s abdomen.
     ~ An Arapesh man in New Guinea will massage           created by:
his wife’s body after she’s given birth.                   Jennifer Barthels, RMT
     ~ In Nigeria, women have their breasts vigorously     Mandy Goodwin CPM
massaged by female relatives in the weeks before           Roxanne Carter, Birth & PP Doula
and after giving birth.
     ~ Tribes of India, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North and   This information pamphlet may be
South America have long histories of women                 reproduced in its entirety with permission
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massaging their babies.                                    of the authors, and is not intended to
     ~ The Maori of New Zealand bathe and rub their        replace medical advice.
baby’s body, wrapping it in soft leaves or cloths and
then un-wrapping it again for another massage.
     ~ People of India & Hawaii believe that a baby’s
face can be made more beautiful through massage.                                                        at the Benefits of Massage for the
     ~ Aboriginals of Brazil massage a mother after                                                       Breastfeeding Mom and Baby
birth to fill her body with oxytocin (pleasure) and
prepare her to continue giving love and life to her

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                                                               recycled paper ~~

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