Tens Unit for Lactation?
First, I have to thank the moms who posted this information on Facebook and let me share it. If you have seen my posts recommending a Tens Unit I am sure you have a lot of questions and I will do my best to answer them. The blog explaining it all is finally here!
What is a Tens Unit?
A Tens Unit is a small device that is used to stimulate nerves and muscles by producing small electrical currents to damaged areas of the body. Most often used by physical therapists for pain relief, 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 to produce breastmilk. Moms who shouldn’t use a tens unit are those with pacemakers or internal electrical devices.
How do you use a Tens Unit?
Typically a Tens Unit 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. My suggestion is that 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 for increasing 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 is 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 much like a baby would. The electrical currents stimulate the nerves in your breasts and contract the milk ducks and stimulate the release of prolactin, the hormone 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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