Engorgement

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Your breasts will typically begin to feel full between the second and fourth day after delivery, with this fullness lasting three to five days. Increased nursing at least 8 to 12 times a day can help minimize this sensation. If you are having excessive discomfort, or if the infant is having trouble latching due to your engorgement you can try some comfort measures. Take a warm shower and massage the breasts gently. Ice packs may also be used for approximately twenty minutes to the breasts. Be sure to pump if the breasts are so full that your infant refuses to breastfeed, or is unable to latch because the breasts are too full. Make certain to nurse frequently, at least every 2 to 2 ½ hours around the clock while engorgement is present.