Breast Engorgement

Breast engorgement is the swelling and pressure created when breast tissue overfills with milk, blood and other fluids. This usually occurs when a mother makes more milk than her baby uses. Your breasts may become firm and swollen, which can make it hard for your baby to breastfeed.

If you're breastfeeding, postpartum breast engorgement should diminish within two to three days. After that, it'll take a few weeks for you and your baby to work out a mutual feeding schedule that satisfies his often unpredictable hunger and your breasts' ability to match it.
  • Symptoms
  • Breast sore to the touch

    • Both breasts

    common

    Breasts feel heavy

    common

    Breast swelling

    • In both breasts

    or Hard breast

    common

    Feeling of heat in the breast

    • Both breasts

    common

    Breast pain

    • In both breasts

    common

    Unsuccessful breastfeeding

    • In the first 6 weeks after giving birth, Sudden stop after a period of successful breastfeeding

    common

    Skin rash and redness

    • In both breasts

  • Risk factors
  • Treatment
  • If engorgement is making it hard to breastfeed, use the following steps. They can relieve your symptoms and keep your milk flowing: 1-Soften your breasts before feedings, you can apply a warm compress for a couple of minutes before you breastfeed. Or you can use your hands or use a pump to let out (express) a small amount of milk from both breasts. 2-Try to breastfeed more often. Pump your breasts if your baby won't breastfeed. Take care to empty your breasts each time. 3-Pain relievers can reduce pain and swelling. If your breasts still feel uncomfortable after nursing, try a cold compress to reduce swelling. You can use a frozen wet towel, a cold pack, or a bag of frozen vegetables. Apply it to your breasts for 15 minutes at a time every hour as needed. To prevent damage to your skin, place a thin cloth between your breast and the cold pack. If you are not breastfeeding, use one or more of these steps to relieve discomfort: 1-Do not pump or remove a lot of milk from your breasts. If your breasts are very painful, it's okay to remove them just a little bit to make you more comfortable. 2-Apply a cold pack to your breasts for 15 minutes at a time every hour as needed. To prevent damage to your skin, place a thin cloth between your breast and the cold pack. 3-Pain relievers can reduce pain and swelling. 4-Wear a bra that fits well and provides good support.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Breast Engorgement, then a visit to a general practitioner is recommended.

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