A few weeks back, my Facebook newsfeed exploded with posts about the Lactation Massager from LaVie – a new kind of vibrator especially designed for clearing milk blockages. I was tagged in a lot of these posts by friends and followers who remembered a post I put up back in January about using a vibrator on my own blockages. My friend Diana at Milkbar Breastpumps got in touch with me around that time and offered to send me a LaVie Lactation Massager for my feedback.
I felt a little skeptical about this product, mainly because I have been using a cheap vibrating wand from eBay which works really well – would the extra expense for a dedicated boob vibrator be worth it? And would it actually work better? Not only that, but the LaVie did seem to resemble a sex toy, which again, caused me to wonder what advantages there would be to using a LaVie instead of my cheap vibrating wand.
Why Use Vibration?
Basically breastmilk is thick and can coagulate to form a blockage. Vibration might help your milk drain more effectively. If your milk flow is restricted, either by engorgement caused by oversupply or infrequent draining, or by something pressing on breast tissue (eg a bra or shirt that’s too tight) blockages can form, that further stops your milk from flowing properly. Vibration can help dislodge blockages and liquify them enough to get them out of your breasts. It also feels really satisfying for your breast to be drained so effectively, and I also find the vibrations relaxing, like a supercharged massage on my skin and across my chest muscles that are often too tight from spending too much time sitting with a poor posture.
What features does the LaVie come with?
The LaVie Lactation Massager comes with some pretty cool features:
- It has a rechargeable battery, so you can use it without being anchored to a power point
- The battery also charges up super fast. The brochure said it would take up to 30 minutes. I didn’t check exactly how long, but I plugged it in the first time, and when I looked at it about 15 minutes later, it was fully charged (and it wasn’t charged when it arrived because it wouldn’t turn on)
- It’s a medical grade silicone and BPA free. It feels lovely and velvety soft
- It’s completely waterproof, so you can take it in the shower and submerse it in the pool or kitchen sink. This also means that you can use something oily to aid the massage effect (which I recommend, because although the medical grade silicone is soft, it doesn’t glide across your skin as well as a smooth plastic would)
- I would describe the LaVie is broadly shaped and is capable of sending vibrations across a fairly large area, which is handy when you’re dealing with a large blockage
- It has varying levels of vibration and vibration modes, so you can find what really works for you
Is it just a rebadged sex toy?
This question may not be running through your mind, but it was definitely running through mine.
Being a vibration tool, the comparison was always going to be there. I have seen sex toys that look exactly like the LaVie, right down to the silicone covering, the bright girly colours and the shape. The variety of vibration modes also add to this comparison (eg buzz pause buzz buzz pause buzzzzzzzz pause – I am still a bit confused about how these types of modes are useful in lactation).
But the vibrations are too broad. They are clearly designed to stimulate a large area. If this was a sex toy, the vibrations would either be concentrated at the tip for clitoral stimulation, or the actual massager would be shaped either as a phallus or with a curved tip for g-spot stimulation. Also, after some experimenting, I can see that the shape of the LaVie is excellent for reaching blockages that are deep within breast tissue. If you want an orgasm, you’re not looking for something that’s going to stimulate your deep tissues.
In conclusion on this point, if the LaVie actually is a rebadged sex toy, it wouldn’t have been a very good sex toy. If you want to wear it in your underwear or have a play with it downstairs then I won’t judge you for it, but I feel pretty confident in saying that it’s been designed for breasts.
Should you buy a LaVie?
- Are comfortable with the $39,95 price tag;
- Not comfortable with the idea of buying a sex toy to use on your breast;
- Looking for something wireless; and
- Looking for something waterproof:
then the LaVie could be a great choice for you! I can especially see it being popular as a gift you might buy for a new or expecting parent.
If you also like supporting local retailers, then you should consider shopping at Milkbar Breastpumps. The LaVie was gifted to me in exchange for my review.