Baby Massage and Breastfeeding
How Does Baby Massage Help Breastfeeding Mums?
At the beginning of each new baby massage course, I explain the benefits of baby massage, as to how it can relax babies, aid sleep, bonding and help relieve symptoms of colic and wind. However, baby massage has benefits for the mum too, especially the breastfeeding mum.
The largest organ of the body is the skin and also the first one to be developed in the womb. Light pressure, warmth and stroking contribute to hormones being released in both baby and mum and the massage strokes used throughout baby massage are a perfect example of this type of touch.
Studies have shown that when massaging your baby, the mum experiences a rise in hormones, namely oxytocin and prolactin. Oxytocin is the ‘love’ or the ‘feel good’ hormone that helps reduce stress and increase the nurturing feelings between mum and her baby. There is also a release of the prolactin hormone which aids lactation so together they can help produce milk.
Baby massage can help to soothe and settle a baby before a feed to ensure a calm breastfeeding session. This is due to the oxytocin levels reducing stress in both mum and baby. A relaxed feeding session is more likely to be a successful one.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of baby massage then enrol onto one of our baby massage and baby yoga classes in Scarborough and Filey at www.happysleepybaby.com/booknow