Ultrasound Treatment for Mastitis, Blocked Ducts and Breast Engorgement
The breastfeeding journey can be an incredible experience but is not always a simple one. There can be more than a few challenges along the way. Mastitis, blocked ducts and breast engorgement can be some of the reasons Mums end up stopping breastfeeding sooner than they would have liked.
At Body & Birth we can help support you in your journey with ultrasound treatment and education, alongside guidance from your qualified lactation consultant and GP.
WHAT IT IS:
Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast, usually associated with redness, pain, high temperature and feeling like you've been hit by a truck! Not what you want on top of interrupted sleep and recovering from your birth. Around 1 in 5 breastfeeding Mamas experience mastitis and it usually occurs within the first 3 months postpartum. Antibiotics are sometimes required under the guidance of your family doctor, and mastitis should be treated promptly to prevent more serious complications.
Blocked Ducts can occur when the ducts or pathways carrying milk get blocked and result in a build up of static milk. This can become tender and red, sometimes leading to infection and mastitis.
Breast Engorgement means that your breasts are painfully over-full with milk and occurs when baby is taking less milk than you are making. Your breasts may feel swollen, firm and tender all over and can contribute to blocked ducts and mastitis. This does normally resolve (when your body realises it only needs to feed one baby and not a whole village) but massage, warm/cold therapy, practical tips for feeding and ultrasound treatment can help in the meantime.
Long periods between breastfeeds
Nipple trauma or damage
Restrictive bras or clothing
Stopping a feed too quickly and not fully emptying the breast
Therapeutic ultrasound uses micro-massage and heat to help:
open the ducts,
encourage circulation to improve the flow and emptying of milk,
and subsequently reduce pain and swelling.
In most cases, improvement is seen in 1-3 sessions.