Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Engorgement, or extreme fullness of the breasts, which causes an uncomfortable feeling, is not uncommon.  There are things you can do to prevent or relieve engorged breasts.  If your breast are engorged, you should still breastfeed or pump milk from your breasts.

  • Breastfeed often
  • Use a warm compress just before nursing.
  • Massage your breasts.
  • Express a small amount of milk.  The milk softens the breast tissue making it easier for your baby to latch.
  • Nurse on the more engorged breast first.
  • Between feedings use a cold compress on your breast to ease discomfort.
  • Wear a supportive bra.

Stress can prevent the release of milk from your breasts.  Here are some tips to use while nursing or during the day to help relax:

  • Listen to soft music
  • Use deep breathing
  • Take the phone off the hook
  • Plan ahead to meet the needs of other children to cut down on distractions
  • Take a warm shower or bath
  • Focus on your baby

After the first few weeks of breastfeeding, your body will adjust to your baby’s needs, your breast will feel less full.

Do you have any tips that you use to relieve engorgement?  Please share!

Ashley Myers

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