What is Engorgement ?
Engorgement is a common condition that can occur when the breasts become full and swollen with milk. It is most often seen in the first few days after giving birth, but it can also occur at other times during breastfeeding. Engorgement can be uncomfortable or painful and can make it difficult to nurse the baby.
Symptoms of engorgement may include:
- Swollen, full breasts
- Hard, tender breasts
- Pain or discomfort in the breasts
- Redness or warmth in the breasts
- Flattened or inverted nipples
There are a number of steps that can be taken to manage and prevent engorgement:
- Nurse the baby frequently: Nursing the baby frequently can help to keep the breasts emptied and prevent engorgement.
- Use warm compresses: Applying warm compresses to the breasts before nursing can help to soften the breasts and make it easier for the baby to latch.
- Use cold compresses: After nursing, applying cold compresses to the breasts can help to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Massage the breasts: Gently massaging the breasts can help to move the milk through the breasts and prevent engorgement.
- Pump or hand express: If the baby is unable to nurse or if the mother is unable to nurse frequently enough, using a breast pump or hand expressing milk can help to relieve engorgement.
It is important to seek medical attention if engorgement is severe or if it is accompanied by fever or other signs of infection. A healthcare provider can help to determine the cause of the engorgement and recommend appropriate treatment.
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