Breast engorgement typically occurs in the initial days after giving birth. Breast engorgement is characterized by hard breasts overly full with breast milk that are sometimes painful. The swelling is only temporary as your body adjusts its breast milk supply to your child’s needs.
To alleviate the discomfort of engorged breasts between feedings turn to cold compresses. The cure for breast engorgement is to nurse frequently and get your body’s breast milk production tuned into your baby’s needs.
The firmness of engorged breasts sometimes makes it difficult for a newborn to obtain a proper breastfeeding latch. A warm moist wash cloth applied to your breasts before a breastfeeding session can help your soften your engorged breasts making it easier for your baby to latch and causing breast milk to flow easier. Some mothers report similar results with a gentle breast massage or a breast pump. A word of caution with using breast pumps to relive breast engorgement. Excessive use of a breast pump will only increase your breast milk supply prolonging your breast engorgement pain. If you have plans of donating your breast milk and participating in a human milk bank this is an ideal time too get started.
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