LaVie is family owned startup whose mission is to help mothers love their breastfeeding journey. They created the LaVie Lactation Massager after dealing with their own breastfeeding challenges – a nasty clogged duct after their first baby was born – and quickly realizing how many more moms were dealing with similar issues.
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I talked to Ella Weinberg, one of the founders, about her experience. “Luckily, we had a lactation consultant visit the same day we discovered the clog, and she warned us that if we didn’t resolve it that day it could lead to mastitis. We were shocked that no one warned us about this or gave us advice on how to be prepared. Bringing home a newborn should be about loving and bonding, but if you are in pain or sick, it makes the experience less enjoyable.”
After this experience, Ella and her husband, who is a product designer, started working with lactation consultants to develop the lactation massager and create a care plan that would make the process easier for moms to quickly get help, so they can get back to enjoying their newborn.
I asked the LaVie team some questions about how the product works.
How does the Lactation Massager work on clogged ducts?
If you find yourself dealing with a clogged duct, the advice you’ll get to resolve it can be overwhelming. Everything from using a toothbrush, to dangle feeding (which exclusive pumpers can’t do), to cabbage leaves (which can also reduce supply), to having your husband suck it out, and so on… Unfortunately, what works for one mom does not always work for another, and by the time you give one technique a try, you might end up with mastitis. The are a lot of “solutions,” but no one specific guidance or process to follow.
We designed the Lactation Massager to make the experience easier and more consistent. It works by using vibration and compression, and we provide a simple step-by-step guide to follow. The vibration helps loosen the milk and the shape makes it easy to push the milk out, while nursing or pumping to help pull the milk out. The goal is to keep the milk moving, and if it’s very stuck, the massager is waterproof – so you can use it in a hot shower to help the milk flow more easily.
Using the massager on a daily basis can help keep the milk flowing, reducing your chances of getting clogs and helping you avoid mastitis.
Other than clogged ducts, how can the Lactation Massager help breastfeeding moms?
Although we originally developed the massager to help relieve clogged ducts, we quickly learned there were many other benefits. Our moms have experienced faster and less painful letdowns, improved milk flow and output, less engorgement, the ability to empty faster and more effectively, and it has replaced painful hand massaging.
The shape of the massager was designed to help with different issues. The wide side helps to stimulate milk flow and soften the breast. The narrow tip helps bust clogs and empty ducts faster. The scoop edge helps move fluid and express milk.
What type of mom is a good candidate for a LaVie Lactation Massager?
The LaVie Lactation Massager is helpful for any breastfeeding mother, whether she primarily nurses or pumps. Even if you never had a clogged duct, you never know when it might happen and you want to make sure you resolve it quickly before it becomes mastitis. Nothing is worth that pain!
Overall, our LaVie moms have had a better breastfeeding experience, and it has allowed them to confidently continue towards their breastfeeding goals.
(*Note: LaVie makes two lactation massagers – a smaller one with just vibration and a warming massager that has heat AND vibration. They are both super helpful – use the code EPUMP on their website for 10% off!)
(Transparency note: When this post was originally published, it included a giveaway. I did not receive a free product or compensation for hosting it or writing about this product. I updated the post on 5/3/18 after the winner was announced to make it useful for readers after it ended.)References
- LaVie Lactation Massager. https://lactationmassager.com/
- Interview with Ella Weinberg, LaVie, conducted 4/11/18.