Pain from sore and craked nipples can make breastfeeding challenging and is a priority for care in my practice. Therefore, I offer Low Level Laser treatment.
Low Level Laser is used for many things like
- Sore, Damaged Nipples
- Blocked Ducts
- Wound healing (eg. after caesarean or episiotomy and tearing)
- Pain management
- Nappy rash and sore bums
- Delayed healing of the umbilical cord
- Eczema, Psoriasis and Neurodermatitis
- and many others
How does it work?
Low Level Lasers are biostimulating lasers that are used for healing . They are a form of intensive light therapy, which uses light of a specific wave length and frequency to produce positive cell changes to support the healing process. They are used in for wound healing, inhibiting inflammation, for soothing pain and clearing disturbance fields in scars.
Low Level Laser is painless, very safe and there are no know side effects.
It was a nightmare for me to breastfeed but after the follow-up and the 2nd laser treatment breastfeeding has been such a joy for me. I nearly quit but now I enjoy feeding my baby.
Nyaradzo and baby Alex
I haven’t taken a pain killer the whole day! The laser has worked wonders overnight.
Janna Spence after treatment on cesarean wound
I use the German made MKW Powerfive Laser, with 5 diodes of 20 mW power and 785 nm wavelength. Treatments can be done during a consultation in the comfort of your home. You may need between 1 and 5 treatments.
Cost: US$ 10 or RTGS 30 per treatment, Package price for 3 treatments US$ 25 or RTGS 75
Midwives and Lactation Consultants in Germany, Austria and South Africa have been using Laser very successfully.
If you like reading, here is a very encouraging study on the effectiveness of laser for nipple pain that was published in 2016: Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Relieving Nipple Pain in Breastfeeding Women: A Triple-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial. The study concludes that Low-level laser therapy was considered effective for treating nipple lesions in breastfeeding women with pain, providing relief and prolonging exclusive breastfeeding.
A study from 2009 looked at the effect of laser on Cesarian Section wounds and concluded that LLLT after cesarean section has no serious deleterious effects on lactation, and it helps to modulate metabolic processes and thus promotes wound healing post-surgery: The Application of Low-Level Laser Therapy after Cesarean Section Does Not Compromise Blood Prolactin Levels and Lactation Status