Is Massage Safe While Nursing?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
My husband recently purchased a massage package for me after delivering via c-section 3 weeks ago. I know that massage eliminates toxins in your body and I am concerned about whether the toxins will enter the breast milk while I'm nursing. Will this happen and will it be detrimental to the baby?

ANSWER

Massage is known to be relaxing and soothing, and I can't think of a better gift for a new mom. While some believe that massage eliminates and releases toxin, to my knowledge this is a theory rather than a proven scientific fact.

I am not aware of any evidence in the breastfeeding literature to suggest that massage would present any problems for a nursing mother or her infant. In fact, research suggests than anything that helps a breastfeeding mother relax naturally has a beneficial effect on milk supply as well as let-down.

Enjoy your massage -- you deserve it!

-- Anne, IBCLC