Breast massage is used when you are breast-feeding to help:
You can do breast massage when your breasts are sore, before breast-feeding, or before expressing your milk.
Here are the steps to follow for breast massage:
On the second to fifth day after you have your baby, changes in hormones cause your breasts to start making a lot of milk. This can cause painful swelling called engorgement. Engorgement is a problem of poor milk flow, rather than too much milk. If your baby is not nursing well, draining some of the milk from your breasts with hand expression will let you relieve uncomfortable fullness and help your milk flow. Some women find that hand expression works better than using a breast pump to express milk.
To help get your milk to flow:
Experiment with finding the best way to position your fingers until you find the right spots.
Switch back and forth between breasts when the flow of milk slows down.
Hand expression will take about the same amount of time as it takes your baby to nurse. At first, it may take 45 minutes. As you get more practice, expect to spend 20 minutes hand expressing.