Lactation Duct Blockage/ Mastitis
According to a recommendation from the World Health Organisation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for their first six months, then be introduced to other appropriate food while continuing to be occasionally breastfed for 2 years or longer. Research has shown that breastfeeding has huge health benefits to both the mother and baby, including promoting healthy growth and development, preventing childhood obesity and reducing risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
However, up to 92% of mothers may find difficulty in breast-feeding, with problems such as breast engorgement and lactation duct blockage which can further progress to mastitis or breast abscess. These complications may result in pain, anxiety, and frustration, which can result in them choosing to completely stop breastfeeding. Prompt physiotherapy intervention can alleviate symptoms and encourage mothers to continue breastfeeding.
Reasons Which Cause Lactation Ducts Blockage
- Inadequate drainage of breast
- Excessive pressure on breasts, such as tight bras, tight infant carrier straps
- Dehydration and fatigue
- Incorrect positioning and latching
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
Our physiotherapist will assess and formulate a treatment plan according to your needs. This typically includes:
- Therapeutic ultrasound therapy to clear blocked ducts
- Manual therapy such as drainage massage and effleurage to stimulate milk flow
- Taping and Tubi grip to improve blood flow and lymph circulation
- Education on positioning and posture during breastfeeding
- Treatments to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling