Massage

Postnatal massage can help with any lingering soreness from the process of childbirth, or with a sore upper back from strained breastfeeding positions. Massage also increases blood flow and oxygen to muscles, encouraging release of toxins and promoting relaxation.

Massage can also stimulate the body to release oxytocin, which assists with letdown for nursing. In fact, a gentle breast massage may help with blocked ducts or mastitis. Additionally, massage can stimulate lymph flow to help with immunity, and may even assist coping with postpartum depression, as massage helps elevate mood by increasing endorphin flow.