Post Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Mastitis

What is Mastitis?

Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. The inflammation results in breast pain and tenderness, swelling, warmth and redness. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), but can also occur in women who aren’t breast-feeding and in men.

How can Low Level Laser Help?

Low Level Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy significantly reduces or eliminates inflammation. The oedema (engorgement or swelling) associated with this condition is also reduced or eliminated, generating healthy breast tissue. This reduction in pain and swelling is likely to encourage continuation of breastfeeding.

Inflammation reduction  – a brief explanation.

One of the major effects of light when absorbed by our bodies, is on the mitochondria, the power source inside our cells. When cells are stressed through injury or damage, the mitochondria produce nitric oxide (a toxic chemical), which in turn reduces oxygen production, significantly lowering cell energy and leading to a state of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress then creates a state of inflammation and cell death. LLLT  or PMB Therapy dissociates the nitric oxide allowing oxygen back into the cell, so the energy level of the cell is restored and oxidative stress is reduced. Once normal mitochondrial function is re-established through LLLT, cell function improves, pain reduces and the patient begins to feel better.

PUBLISHED STUDY

Breastfeed Rev. 2016 Jul;24(2):27-31.

Low level laser therapy for breastfeeding problems.

Buck ML, Eckereder G, Amir LH.

Abstract

Breast and nipple pain, nipple damage and mastitis are common reasons given by women for their early cessation of breastfeeding. There are a limited number of effective therapies available to support healing of damaged nipples during lactation. Low level laser therapy is a painless treatment, which appears to accelerate wound healing and ease pain. We present two case studies, which demonstrate the use of low level laser therapy in clinical practice.

PMID:29211392[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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Pain Manag Nurs. 2016 Aug;17(4):281-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 Jun 27.

Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Relieving Nipple Pain in Breastfeeding Women: A Triple-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial.

Coca KP1, Marcacine KO2, Gamba MA2, Corrêa L3, Aranha AC3, Abrão AC2.

Author information

1Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address: kcocaepm@hotmail.com.2Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.3Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

Pain accruing from nipple lesions caused by inadequate latching by the baby is a common complaint among breastfeeding women and an important obstacle to successful breastfeeding. Nipple pain occurs during the first days after delivery and is considered one of the main causes for early weaning. To investigate the efficacy of low-level laser therapy as a treatment for nipple pain due to breastfeeding. A triple-blind, randomized, clinical study. A university-affiliated hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Fifty-nine women with nipple lesions at the time of their admission. Thirty women (intervention group) received three sessions of laser therapy (InGaAIP laser, 660 nanometer, 40 milliwatts of power, 5 Joules per square centimeter of energy density for 5 seconds each, total energy = 0.6 Joules) in the region of the nipples at three different points in time (0 hour, 24 hours, and 48 hours after diagnosis of nipple lesion). Twenty-nine women with similar clinical conditions were randomly assigned to the control group. Self-reported pain was recorded before and after laser therapy using a visual analogue scale. The intervention group experienced a decrease of 2.0 centimeters in intensity of pain (p = .016) 24 hours after the first intervention and also presented lower levels of pain compared with the control group. Low-level laser therapy was considered effective for treating nipple lesions in breastfeeding women with pain, providing relief and prolonging exclusive breastfeeding. More clinical trials with different laser dosimetry and parameters are necessary to optimize laser therapy protocols for breastfeeding women.

Copyright © 2016 American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:27363734DOI:10.1016/j.pmn.2016.05.003[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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the onset of breastfeeding problems can make life very challenging for new mums. we’ve all heard the stories of mums battling the pain of damaged nipples, blocked ducts or mastitis in those early days.

mumsmilk is offering a very effective treatment option for these conditions: low level laser therapy is designed to accelerate the healing of our body’s tissues. including mums life giving breasts!

when is low level laser therapy used?

  • sore, damaged nipples
  • blocked ducts
  • mastitis
  • healing problems after birth injuries (eg. tear, episiotomy, caesarean scar)
  • haemorrhoids

for breastfeeding mums, laser therapy can be highly effective for accelerated wound healing. most mums with nipple trauma report accelerated healing of the nipple and pain relief following their first treatment. the anti-inflammatory & anti-swelling effect of lllt is beneficial in clearing blocked ducts and supporting the healing process for mums with mastitis. It becomes a powerful alternative treatment when antibiotics need to be avoided.

lllt can also a very effective tool with painful or slow healing injuries post birth. on mums perineum or caesarian scar, lllt may provide quick relief and marked improvement. it is also very helpful in the treatment of painful haemorrhoids.

what is low level laser therapy?

low level laser therapy has been used successfully in almost every area of human and veterinary medicine where accelerated wound healing, pain relief, anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling effect is required.

in maternity, midwives and lactation consultants in germany, austria, south africa and brazil have been using lllt with great results. they all value its natural healing power as an effective therapy with no side effects, low cost and ease of application.

in the medical world lllt is referred to as a ‘regulation and photo therapy’. this means it reactivates the metabolism of destroyed or damaged cells by naturally stimulating the cells own powerful healing mechanism. this photochemical reaction is a little like the way skin absorbs sunlight to produce vitamin d.

what does a mumsmilk low level laser treatment look like?

mumsmilk is achieving outstanding results for our mums with laser therapy. we offer lllt consultations in our rooms or in your own home. the duration and frequency of treatment depends on the severity of the trauma, the underlying cause and mum’s healing response.

laser therapy is a gentle and painless treatment with no known side-effects when applied by a trained and experienced practitioner. all mumsmilk practitioners are fully trained. mums sometimes report a very minor tingling on application – a sign that the tissue is responding to the stimulation in real time. lllt (in contrast to the hard laser used in surgery or hair removal) does not destroy precious tissues.

while lllt can be a highly effective alternative treatment, it’s vital that we get a full picture of mums individual situation prior to treatment. this typically involves a thorough assessment of mum & baby and an observation of a breastfeed. only then can we identify and address the underlying cause of mums breastfeeding challenges.