What is breastfeeding engorgement? What causes engorged breasts?
Breast milk engorgement usually happens within the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
Engorged breasts take place, because of the pressure of expanding cells, due to the new breast milk contained inside of them.
Engorgement happens when the milk producing cells, are uncomfortably full. Engorgement is sometimes apparent in the areola and/or the breast; in one breast or in both breasts. (you may have just one engorged, sore swollen breast)
Dealing with engorgement on top of having a new baby to care for, day and night, may be discouraging to a mother. The good news is, there are ways to treat breast engorgement.
Nursing engorgement is temporary and usually only lasts three days, or until the mother's body has adapted to the needs of her baby.
Breastfeeding and engorgement can also happen as a result of missed feeds or incorrect latching, which results in milk being left behind in the breast. Breast engorgement after abrupt weaning is also very common.
It has been found, that incidences of engorged breasts also less with each child, since mature milk comes in quicker.
Many mothers give up on breastfeeding, because of milk engorgement, but this will just increase the pain and discomfort!
Mastitis and Breast Engorgement
Engorgement of the breast, if left untreated, can turn into a breast infection (mastitis), which is when you might start to feel flu-like symptoms; like fever and dizziness.
How to Reduce the Pain of an Engorged Breast
Postpartum Breast Engorgement Remedies
Cabbage leaves breast engorgement remedy: Put a cold cabbage leaf against your breast for a few minutes. It is believed that the cabbage gives off enzymes, that ease engorgement, but this is not scientifically proven.
Use breast compression whilst breastfeeding, this will help drain the breast more efficiently.
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one more tip to add to your recommendations - I used the Lama bra and it worked wonders to ease my engorgement issues ... worth giving it a try
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