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Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation


Techniques and exciting new research

Price: $24.00 USD

If there was a treatment that could reduce breast and nipple pain by 50 percent in 30 minutes, would you want to know about it? How about if it also offered effective therapy for engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis?

In this course, instructor Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC guides you through the use of the following gentle manual therapeutic techniques:

  • Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML)
  • Reverse Pressure Softening (RPS)
  • Hand Expression
  • Breast Gymnastics

Bolman, born in Belarus and now serving in Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio, has worked with lactation care providers from cultures around the world who have developed manual therapy techniques, and has developed her own as well. In addition, she has authored research exploring the effectiveness of these techniques. The research is unanimous: Gentle manual therapy techniques work to safely and rapidly reduce pain and treat issues associated with milk stasis. However, as Bolman’s course makes clear, breast massage is also one of the most misunderstood and misapplied therapies in lactation practice today. Techniques that are too forceful or improperly applied can do more harm than good. That’s why, throughout Bolman’s course, you’ll hear about the concept of “breast kindness,” an approach that focuses on gentle, caring, informed touch. Learn through photos, case studies, video demonstrations, and exciting exploration of current research. Bolman teaches the underlying physiology guiding the techniques, how to perform them, and how to teach them to clients so they can use them at home. You’ll leave with a powerful yet gentle tool you can’t wait to use in your practice!

This course awards:

  • 1.5 L-CERPs
  • 1.5 Nursing Contact Hours


Primary Topics Covered
All Topics Covered
Clinical Skills
Development and Nutrition
Physiology and Endocrinology
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology