If you do not breastfeed or express enough, you breast can become firm, swollen, and/or warm. This is called engorgement. This can also make breastfeeding painful and difficult to obtain or keep a latch.
It's important to remove breastmilk (by breastfeeding or pumping) so that your breast can continue to milk. If your breast do not soften within twenty-four hours (after attending frequency removal), call Balanced Breastfeeding Solutions for an appointment. If left unresolved I can reduce your milk production. It can also lead to latch difficulties, blocked ducts, or mastitis.
How To Relieve Engorgement BEFORE Feedings:
- Apply moist heat to your breast by taking a shower, soaking the breast tissue in a basin of warm water, or using a warm washcloth.
- Massage by using the method called "hand expression" to soften breast tissue.
- Express some milk to soften your breast and make it easier for your baby to latch.
How To Relive Engorgement After Feedings:
-Place an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a in a cloth on your breast 15 min to reduce swelling.
-Express milk unit your breast feel relief.
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