Breast Massage for Lactation: 8 CEUs in Bellingham, May 2019


Breast Massage for Lactation: 8 CEUs in Bellingham, May 2019

160.00 190.00

May 6, 2019

1095 East Axton Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

8 in person, hands on credits

PRE-REQ: Introduction to Breast Massage and Breast Care or email to be considered if you have prior breast massage experience

Nurturing mothers as they successfully feed their babies is a highly rewarding practice that supports families in our communities at a profound level. Breast massage and manual expression of breast milk is highly effective in increasing milk production, as evidenced by the many cultures throughout the world that include this work as standard of care on maternity wards. The simplicity of the work allows bodyworkers to easily and confidently incorporate breast massage into their current practices, while adding an appealing and beneficial service to increase clientele.

Class size is limited to 10 students, so material can be customized to students' needs.

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Throughout my years of studying the mammary glands, I have become acquainted with their many personalities. This class will focus on the nurturing aspect of the breast - breastfeeding.

We will discuss supporting the breast during the pre-natal period and teaching self-care for the mother to reduce breast pain as the breast enlarge to prepare to feed the baby. This will include reviewing basic lymphatic massage techniques to support fluid flow and "let down". For the transition that happens after delivery, a new self-care routine for manual expression will be incorporated, as well as specific work around the mammary ducts and areola to keep breast milk flowing steadily if impediments or pathology should arise.

The physiology and potentential pathology of the lactating breast and its natural symbiosis with the infant will be explored. Resources and referrals to appropriate lactation support practitioners will be discussed.

Prerequisite: This class assumes you have basic knowledge of breast massage and pregnancy massage. It will cover 8 of the necessary contact hours needed for Washington State's latest requirements to perform breast massage according to the 2017 regulations. Basics of pregnancy massage will not be covered and this class does not replace training or certification in pregnancy massage. The training is open to students of all genders, but class size will be limited to 8 to support the intimacy of the work.