Establishing Flow: Using Lymphatic Drainage Therapy to Treat Lactation Related Issues

Time-frame: 75-180
CERP: no

Surprisingly, lymphatic congestion forms the foundation of some lactation problems like chronic plugged ducts and un-resolving nipple and breast pain. In this cutting-edge presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker covers the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system (especially as it pertains to the breast) and discusses the most common presentations and causes of lymphatic breast congestion. She demonstrates the Lymphatic Drainage Therapy technique (the Chikly method) either on a model or volunteer from the audience and gives pointers on how to determine if lymphatic congestion is playing a role in a breastfeeding problem. Dr. Hazelbaker leaves the audience with a brief breast self-care regimen that can enhance the breast health of every participant when used consistently.


This presentation can be offered in a one-day workshop format wherein the participants get hands-on experience assessing the lymphatic system and doing basic lymphatic drainage techniques that can resolve lymphatic breast congestion.

Alison Hazelbaker Ph.D, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST