Maya Bolman RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC

Maya Bolman was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She was certified as IBCLC in 2001 and currently works as a lactation consultant at Senders Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio. She has over 25 years of experience as a nurse, doula and Lactation consultant.

Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to health professionals and parents. Breast pain is one of the major causes of weaning. The likelihood of weaning increases the longer pain persists. Engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis are commonly associated with acute breast pain. Simple gentle manual techniques can help in the treatment of acute breast pain in breastfeeding parents.

Maya recognizes that teaching parents these techniques will 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 conducted research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.

Maya Bolman is the proud owner of “BreastKindness” LLC which is dedicated to empowering parents and consultants through education; supporting their goals; teaching simple and effective techniques.


Bolman M, Saju L, Oganesyan K, Kondrashova T, Witt AM. “Recapturing the art of therapeutic breast massage during breastfeeding.” Journal of Human Lactation.  2013 Aug;29(3):328-31

Witt AM, Bolman M, Kredit S, Vanic A. “Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation for the Management of Engorgement, Plugged Ducts, and Mastitis” Journal of Human Lactation. 2016 Feb;32(1):123-31.

Witt AM, Bolman M, Kredit S., “Mothers Value and Utilize Early Outpatient Education on Breast Massage and Hand Expression in Their Self-Management of Engorgement. ” Breastfeeding Medicine. 2016 Nov; 11:433-439

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