Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt but when
you have engorged breasts, clogged milk ducts or mastitis, you are most
definitely in pain. Sometimes, so much pain that you will try just about anything to make
the pain go away.
Warm and hot compresses? Been there, done that. Ingesting
raw garlic? Been there, had the bad breath to prove it. Hot showers before
nursing? What kind of crazy talk is that? In what world does a breastfeeding
mom have time to take a hot shower? Using a vibrator? Been there, done—wait! A
vibrator for engorged breasts, plugged ducts or mastitis exists? Why, yes. Yes, it does, and you can buy one.
For about $35, you can now buy the LaVie Lactation
Massager, which according to its website, “is a milk expression tool that helps
ease symptoms associated with engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis.” It’s a
cute little pink thing with up and down arrow buttons that could easily pass
for a discreet vibrator of another nature, but let’s not digress.
The handy-dandy device is made out of BPA-free
medical silicone, has a rechargeable battery, multiple vibration modes and it's
waterproof, so you could presumably use it during all those luxurious hot
showers you won’t be taking.
It’s actually kind of
boob-boggling that it took so long for a product like this to come on the
market, considering the need for it and also that plenty of lactation
consultants recommend using things like an electric toothbrush to help with
clogged milk ducts.
“Whenever I saw a mom with plugged ducts, I used to recommend
using an electric toothbrush to help loosen the plug,” says
Wendy Haldeman, RN, MN, IBCLC, a lactation consultant in Los Angeles.
If you are a
mom-to-be planning on breastfeeding, you should seriously be considering adding
this little lifesaver to your baby shower registry. If you never end up needing
it, well, that’s great, and maybe you could repurpose it for—ahem— something
If you're already in the trenches of breastfeeding and need this little
critter’s help, you could try the old electric toothbrush trick or use
another type of massager while you wait to get one of these.
The months of great expectation have finally culminated in the birth of your family’s newest addition. You’ve waited so long to hold your baby close in anticipation of feeding your newborn in a way only a mother can. But breastfeeding isn’t always trouble-free. It’s not unusual for new moms to experience physical difficulties and emotional frustrations while attempting to feed. It will take some time for you and your baby to become comfortable with the process. But there are solutions or comforting explanations for what you are likely experiencing as you both try to settle into a groove.