There's a new booming business in China, and it involves massaging the clogged milk ducts of new nursing mothers.
According to Shanghai Daily, more women in China are employing 'breast masseuses' to reduce pain caused by breastfeeding such as clogged milk ducts and infections such as mastitis. A task previously reserved for mother-in-laws and midwifes, the surge for this service is particularly popular among young Chinese mothers who are rushing to have children during the auspicious Chinese Lunar Year of the Dragon. These "experts" utilize a popular modern technique calle cui rui shi ("push milk teacher") utilizes acupressure points to increase milk flow. Specialists can make as much as $1,270 a month!
Of course, with every new market comes swindlers willing to make a fast buck. The con-artists even carry around photocopies of what is known as a "lactogoue" certificate to try make money with little more knowledge of proper breast massage. Doctors are now cautioning new mothers to exercise discernment in finding the best possible specialist to professionally rub their breasts.