Coping with Engorgement

If you’re breastfeeding your baby, you may be experiencing some pain from engorgement or soreness in your nipples.

Engorgement, a feeling of heavy fullness in the breasts, is common in the first weeks and usually lasts just 24-48 hours. Caused by increased blood flow to the breasts, as well as the start of milk production, engorgement causes your breasts to become larger, fuller and tender. Frequent nursing will help prevent your breasts from becoming overly full.

These steps can provide some relief:

  • Wear a supportive bra.
     
  • Gently massage your breasts while your baby nurses to release (or “let down”) your milk and relieve the fullness.
     
  • Apply a cold compress after your baby nurses. Chipped ice in a dishtowel or a bag of frozen vegetables are tried-and-true helpers.
See also ... 

•  Soothing tender nipples 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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