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Breast Engorgement

Engorgement happen when breasts are swollen and painful due to a plentiful supply of milk and baby not drinking enough to keep up with the production. One remedy that has worked for mothers soak your breasts in marshmallow root tea. This warm tea soak helps the ducts to release the milk while easing the pain. Another option is to take a warm shower and let the warm water run on your breasts.

A second breast issue may be mastitis or infection in the breast. With mastitis, the breasts are usually painful, red and swollen. The marshmallow root tea soak works for this as well.  Lymphatic drainage however will help to address the above issue.

Breast Massage

The purpose of breast massage is to help flush out these excessive milk via the lymphatic systems.

  • Starting from the nipple, push downwards with the three longer fingers of your hand. Make sure the movement is done with less pressure, that is not more than, what you would apply to your eyelid.
  • Deep pressure can flatten the lymphatic vessel and stop the flow of milk and fluids. Remember, massage is not all about squeezing some muscle it is just putting the right pressure on the right area. For effective results make this stroke really slow.
  • Carefully use your hands to slowly twist the breast in a clock-wise and anti-clockwise direction. Make sure not to put too much tension on the breast.
  • Finally, rest your palms on the breast in such a way that they don’t cover the areola and area facing downwards. Then move your palms downwards so that the fingers rub against the side surfaces of the breast. This should not be done on the nipple, as it may spoil its shape.

Lymph Nodes In The Breast

There are lymph nodes in the breast. The area directly under the nipple-areole complex throughout the rest of the breast has many lymphatic vessels. This tiny channels carry a pale fluid that cleans tissue and then passes through lymph nodes, and eventually into the blood stream.

All lymphatic channels leads to lymph nodes. They are small rounded mass of tissue. The lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid to keep foreign objects such as Bacteria and cancer cells from gaining access to the rest of the body.