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.

Treating 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.



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