Research has established that exclusive breastfeeding is the best method of meeting babies nutritional needs, for ensuring optimal growth and development and also provides significant health benefits for both infants and their mothers. The most common reason given by mothers for premature cessation of breastfeeding is their perception of insufficient milk supply.
Reflexology is a science based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet that correspond to the internal organs of the body. By applying pressure to these reflex areas and stimulating them it has an effect on the internal organs via a simple reflex action.
Reflexology treatments encourage hormonal balance, a sense of calmness, reduces stress and anxiety and improves sleep and energy levels. Nursing mothers struggling with breast feeding or limited lactation may find reflexology particularly beneficial as problems in this area is largely associated with stress. During a treatment, mother and baby tend to be calmer and more relaxed which can enhance bonding and successful breastfeeding, facilitating a more rapid ‘let down’ for milk flow.
A study published in Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery in 2000 has found the volume of milk (breastmilk) increased by 88 percent in nursing mothers who received reflexology treatment 10 times.
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