Breast engorgement is the development of hard, swollen, painful breasts from too much breast milk. Engorged breasts can become extremely large, tight, lumpy, and tender. The swelling may go all the way up into your armpit, and the veins on the surface of your breasts may become more visible or even stick out. It's normal to have some degree of breast engorgement within the first week or two after the birth of your baby.
Minimizing early engorgement Treat engorgement to… When to treat engorgement After the first few weeks Causes of engorgement Treating engorgment Be sure your baby is sucking effectively Reverse pressure softening Keep comfortable Watch out for signs of mastitis. Position your baby with his chest and tummy in full contact with your body. With his cheek in close contact with your breast, your baby can easily tip back his head to latch on. Listen for swallowing as he feeds. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This information is available to buy in printed format from our shop. Common causes of engorgement are: A missed feed or expressing session.
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This rarely lasts more than 24 hours. With normal fullness, the breast and areola the darker area around the nipple remain soft and elastic, milk flow is normal and latch-on is not affected. Engorgement typically begins on the 3rd to 5th day after birth, and subsides within hours if properly treated days without proper treatment. How does the breast feel? Engorgement may extend up into the armpit.