Breast engorgement is a condition experienced by many breastfeeding women. This is when the breasts overfill with milk. It usually occurs in the first weeks of breastfeeding or if the mother is away from the infant for any reason. Breasts become swollen and painful, making it difficult for babies to latch. This is usually a temporary condition.
In one study, women were given gua sha from the second day after giving birth up until leaving the hospital. The hospital followed up with these women in the weeks after giving birth and found that many had fewer reports of engorgement, breast fullness, and discomfort. This made it easier for them to breastfeed.
- The 4 meridian points can be located at the end of each arrow in the diagram above.
- Apply the technique within 48 hours of postpartum
- Stroke from each meridian point towards the nipple gently for 7 times.
- Repeat for 4 - 5 sets.