Last update Dec. 25, 2022

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Use of low-voltage electrical impulses on the skin to cause muscle contractions for physiotherapeutic, pain treatment, sports training or cosmetic purposes, not all of which have been well proven.

This type of electrical impulses does not have to alter the production or quality of breast milk, especially if it is not applied directly to the breast.

Despite the low voltage and amperage of the electrical energy used, it is prudent not to apply it at the same time as breastfeeding so as not to expose the infant to any risk.

Do not apply to the chest during pregnancy, as it has been used with some success to induce labor. (Schrocksnadel 1990, Tal 1988)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) belongs to these groups or families:


  1. Maddocks M, Gao W, Higginson IJ, Wilcock A. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for muscle weakness in adults with advanced disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Abstract
  2. Sillen MJ, Franssen FM, Gosker HR, Wouters EF, Spruit MA. Metabolic and structural changes in lower-limb skeletal muscle following neuromuscular electrical stimulation: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2013 Abstract
  3. Giggins O, Fullen B, Coughlan G. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil. 2012 Abstract
  4. Schröcksnadel H, Sachsenmaier M, Reider W. [Experiences with breast stimulation for labor induction]. Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 1990 Jul;50(7):569-71. German. Abstract
  5. Tal Z, Frankel ZN, Ballas S, Olschwang D. Breast electrostimulation for the induction of labor. Obstet Gynecol. 1988 Oct;72(4):671-4. Abstract

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