How to relieve engorgement when breastfeeding your baby
Often occurring 3-5 days after the birth of a newborn; breast engorgement is a common problem faced by many breastfeeding mothers.
This uncomfortable condition is characterized by swollen, hard and painful breast, accompanied with skin that is red, hot, and shiny with a slight increase in body temperature.
If you are a breastfeeding mother faced with this problem, here are a few tips to help you relieve breast engorgement while breastfeeding.
For quick relief, apply cold packs or bags of frozen peas on each breast between feedings.
Some breastfeeding mothers have found placing raw, cold cabbage leaves on their breast to be extremely effective as well.
Hot compresses placed on each breast before breastfeeding are also suggested, but are more effective if the breast are already leaking freely.
Pump or hand express a small amount of milk to relieve fullness.
To aid in mild expression, let warm water from the shower run over the breast, or sit in a bath of warm water allowing the breast to soak.
Breast feed as frequently as 1-3 hours during the day and every 2-3 hours at night.
While breastfeeding, gently massage the breast your baby is nursing from in a circular motion to increase the flow of milk.
Wear a bra that is comfortable yet supportive. Bras that are too tight or binding can make it a challenge to soften the breasts and relieve fullness and tightness.
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