Calling all new moms! This position is for you.
Few months ago @karrie_locher posted an amazing Reel all about decreasing inflammation using the HOT MESS ice cream roller if you have engorged breasts or blocked ducts. If you have ever breastfed a baby or are still breastfeeding a baby, my god, you know this is useful information.
Engorged breasts or clogged ducts can be incredibly painful, uncomfortable, and can lead to mastitis – which can become a serious health problem quite quickly.
We wanted to share the information in Karrie’s Reel here for all breastfeeding mums to refer to if it ever happens to you (we hope it doesn’t).
But first, let’s introduce Karrie. She’s a postpartum and neonatal nurse, certified lactation consultant, and basically your new “mom” best friend. As a mother herself, she knows motherhood is difficult, as are hormonal changes, pressure and the ability to breastfeed.
Anyway, let’s take a look at exactly what Karrie said about using the power of ICE to help reduce inflammation, increase lymphatic drainage, and help with engorgement and clogging.
Using ice to help with engorged breasts or clogged ducts
♡ According to Breastfeeding Academy protocol, we know that when there is engorgement/blockages/mastitis, inflammation occurs in the breast. This causes extra fluid swelling + vasodilation in the breast.
♡ Science has shown us that inflammation goes down with ice + NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) – so does the breast! Lymphatic drainage to draw out some of the fluids can also be helpful when done *GENTLE* (gentle glides towards the armpit).
♡ So where did this ice roller come from? It’s kind of a double whammy!
Cold application to the chest with gentle strokes towards the armpit – no need to dig deep or sit with an ice pack on your chest. This can help relieve swelling and engorgement caused by incoming milk, hooves, etc.
♡ That’s not to say you “need” one – ice packs work great too – but (the ice roller) was an absolute must for my most recent clog. If it’s something you already have, that’s typical well known reason (facial deflation, headaches, etc.) consider this a bonus use. There are also some for around $13 on amazon.
What helped your engorgement the most? Have you dealt with a hoof? How long did it take to calm down? Let us know in the comments.
x, The Skinny Confidential Team
+ learn more about pelvic floor health during pregnancy here.
++ tracking down Lauryn favorite items for Zaza & Townes.