The Art of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Supporting Breastfeeding


NCBC is thankful to our sponsor of this event, Thompson River Pediatrics!


Breast pain is one of the major causes of weaning. The likelihood of weaning increases the longer pain persists. Engorgement, plugged ducts, blebs and mastitis are commonly associated with acute breast pain. Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) is one of the important measures to resolve pain quickly.

The purpose of this workshop is to enhance knowledge of TBML techniques for relieving discomfort caused by engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis in lactating women and learn how to empower breastfeeding mothers to use these techniques as well.

This course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, international board certified lactation counselors, nurse practitioners, certified midwives, and other breastfeeding professionals working with mother-infant dyads.

This event has been approved for 5.5L CERPs.


  • Describe how breast massage is used by different cultures to help with problems such as engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis.
  • Identify causes of and treatment options for acute breast pain
  • Describe how hand expression and therapeutic breast massage (TBML) assist in management of engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis.
  • Demonstrate and teach lactation consultants simple techniques of breast massage and hand expression. These hands-on techniques may provide a complementary treatment strategy
  • Explain how to teach self-breast massage techniques to breastfeeding mothers

Schedule of events:

8:30-9:00 Registrations and Welcome

9:00-10:15 Therapeutic Breast Massage/ Hand Expression

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 HAND-ling the Pain: Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation: Research and case reviews

11:45-1:15 Hands on Practice: Group 1; Lunch: Group 2

1:15-2:45 Hands on Practice: Group 2; Lunch: Group 1

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00- 4:30 Teaching TBML Techniques, Self-breast Massage and Hand Expression

4:30-5:00 Discussion, questions, evaluation

Maya Bolman RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC was certified as IBCLC in 2001. She currently works as lactation consultant at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio.

Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conducts research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.


  • Please bring your registration confirmation on the day of event.
  • Seating will be first-come, first-served. Please arrive early if you would like a seat near the front.
  • Lunch (burrito bar) is included with registration and will be catered on the day of the event. This lunch will have gluten-free and vegetarian options.
  • Feel free to bring a light jacket as the event is indoors.
  • With any questions or concerns please contact