Breastfeeding Journey

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding has a number of benefits for both the child’s and breastfeeding parent’s health, as well as additional economic, environmental and bonding benefits. At Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy, we acknowledge that breastfeeding can come with its challenges, and we pride ourselves in being able to support women, and those assigned female at birth, in continuing their breastfeeding journey.

What are some difficulties that women, and those assigned female at birth, may experience when breastfeeding?

  • Sore nipples/trauma
  • Sore breasts
  • Breast engorgement
  • Mastitis
  • Abscess
  • Poor sucking technique or latching
  • Anatomy concerns of the mother/parent or baby
  • Low/insufficient milk supply

What are some signs and symptoms of breast engorgement, mastitis or abscess?

  • Swollen/tight breasts
  • Areas of firmness or a lump
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Warm/hot to touch
  • Fever
  • Sore nipples/trauma to the nipple

How can Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy help to manage your concerns with breastfeeding?

Our team at Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy are knowledgeable in the management of breast conditions such as engorgements, mastitis and blocked ducts. Through a thorough assessment, your physiotherapist will provide you with a diagnosis of your concern and if required, refer you to either a general practitioner or lactation consultant for collaboration and support. Treatment that will be provided during your consultation may include education, postural advice, gentle massage techniques, advice regarding heat and cold therapy and ultrasound therapy.

The Physiotherapists Treating Women’s Health