Tens Unit for Lactation?
First, I have to thank the moms who posted this information on Facebook way back in 2018. If you’ve seen my posts recommending a Tens Unit for lactation, I’m sure you have a lot of questions and I will do my best to answer them.
What is a Tens Unit?
A Tens Unit is a small device that stimulates nerves and muscles by producing a small electrical current to damaged areas of the body. Most often, it’s used by physical therapists for pain relief, to promote healing and muscle strength. Who can use it? I recommend the tens unit for moms struggling with low supply, slow letdowns, clogs, and moms wanting to re-lactate. Moms who shouldn’t use a tens unit are those with pacemakers or internal electrical devices.
How do you use a Tens Unit?
A Tens Unit typically has 4 sticky pads and you stick a negative and a positive roughly 1″ away from either side of your nipples. Never place them on your nipples or over your heart. Use the settings you feel comfortable with. If you have a clog or are getting ready to pump then use the higher settings you are comfortable with. Lower settings can be used to increase your supply with continual use. What’s a great option about the Tens Unit is that you can leave it on for several hours, with or without using your breast pump. it’s noiseless, motionless, and discreet. It is so small you can keep it in your pocket and no one would be able to see it. If you intend to use it several times a day, you can leave the sticky pads on so you are not constantly having to re-apply.
What does it do?
The Tens Unit provides stimulation and releases oxytocin much like a baby’s hands would. The electrical currents stimulate the nerves in your breasts, contract the milk ducks and stimulate the release of prolactin. The combination of oxytocin and prolactin are the hormones responsible for your milk production. With continual use, you will stimulate and grow new milk tissue that will assist in producing milk. If you haven’t already done so you should get your hands on a Tens Unit.
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