Massage Magazine: Reflexology Increases Breast Milk Volume
One 40-minute reflexology session per day for six days resulted in an immediate increase in breast milk volume among mothers who birthed preterm infants.
The study, “Investigating the effect of reflexology on the breast milk volume of preterm infants’ mothers,” involved 50 mothers with preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. All subjects had given birth three days prior via cesarean section, and their infants ranged in gestational age from 29 to 36 weeks.
For the study, the women were randomly assigned to either the reflexology group or a control group. Those in the control group received standard breastfeeding training. Those in the reflexology group received one 40-minute reflexology session per day for six days. During these sessions, the practitioner focused on each foot for 20 minutes, beginning with with a “simple massage” of the calf, ankle and foot.