Overly full breasts that feel uncomfortable and make it difficult for baby to latch and breast feed is referred to as engorgement.
- Engorgement is not a normal part of breastfeeding.
- Offering a pacifier or a bottle can increase the risk of engorgement.
- Engorgement can lead to a poor milk supply.
- It can take a couple of days to resolve engorgement.
- Let baby breastfeed as often as possible.
- Pump a little between breast feedings for comfort.
- Use ice packs and Ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
- Avoid pacifiers and bottles.