I just had my son four days ago and my breast I assume are filled with milk but they are rock hard and hurt what do I do to get them not to hurt and possibly go down...I am breastfeeding
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Jenna - posted on 12/26/2008
I was told not to express until my boobs had settled down, as you then start to produce too much milk... Warm cloth helps the pain, and if milk starts to come out hold cups under your boobs, and freeze the milk in ice trays - that way you can use it later if you need to be away from your baby - or you feel he/she is not getting enough... I found holding the cups hilariously funny! not really how i pictured motherhood :D
in the first couple of weeks, engorgement is normal as your milk is coming in quickly to meet your baby's needs. they just need time to regulate themselves. i personally wouldn't suggest nursing more than what your baby needs because this is the time that your breasts are learning how much to produce and they will respond to how much you nurse and pump. i just fed on-demand whenever my baby seemed hungry and after about a month or so i stopped experiencing the engorged feeling (except if i go longer than 4 hrs without nursing.) it seems now that my breasts only fill up as much as she eats and once she empties them, they dont seem full until its time to feed again. just give your body some time to regulate!
Lynsey - posted on 12/22/2008
Something the nurse in the hospital told me to do for relief was to brew a cup of tea and then put the used tea bag into a clean diaper. then lay the diaper/tea bag on your breast for relief. I would also pump inbetween nursing to help.
Jeanine - posted on 12/21/2008
Hey there.. it happens 3 to 4 days after birth but goes away... It gets better i assure you...
Here is the trick... cabbage leaves!!!! Nice and cold!!!! RAW cabbage leaf. Cut holes for your nipples (so the baby doesn't have to taste it....). Or rinse off your breast before feeds. Put the leaves in your bra with breast pads and relax!!!!!
Also remember... the more you express... the more your breasts will make!! so if you dont need to, dont express unnecessarily. Just express a bit so baby can latch!
I expressed the day i bought a breast pump... and the next day i woke up with 1 HUGE boob!! juust like when i was engorged.
Good luck, they're up and down... there will be though times but hang in there
Angela - posted on 12/21/2008
PUMP and Pump some more! it takes a good 6 weeks to get used to the pain and form caluses on your nipples.. start with a low setting on the pump and work your way up. Eventually, your breats won't be as swollen, b/c your body will get used to producing as much as your baby is eating. Some mothers produce more milk in the beginning than others and this will get easier, just like everything else.. You just have to commit yourself to a good 6 weeks to get used to this.. Soon, you will become a pro as a mother and breastfeeding! But, if you feel that after 6 weeks it's not something you want to continue, don't feel guilty. You have to make a decision that is best for you and this is just as important as making decisions that are best for the baby.
Elizabeth - posted on 12/20/2008
Breast shields help with the engorgement as well. I was told to use them by my sister and it worked well! It's just little plastic shields that you get at Babies r us and they have holes for air flow, they get some of the milk out, let your nipples breathe and help engorgement to end faster. I used those and a manual breast pump for a few days. Oh, and lanolin cream to help with the soreness of new breastfeeding. Hope this helps...
Shannon - posted on 12/20/2008
I had the same problem until about a month ago.. now I feel like I don't have enough milk and barely ever get engorged... one thing to the next!! Anyway, I used to let my son nurse as long as he wanted, on only one side, and then pump or hand express the other side. I store all of mine in the freezer for a max of a month at a time so that I have it when I go to work.... good luck!
Maggie - posted on 12/20/2008
It's very important that you have that breast milk supply, but the pain is so excruciating...I completely understand where you're coming from...If you can find someone to watch your son for about 15-20 every two hours so that you can pump out the breast milk and store it for later, its really difficult to do, but that is what is necessary to get them to go down and to get rid of the pain.
Stacy - posted on 12/20/2008
My daughter just turned 6months and I am a stay at home mom and only breast feed. I had to pump a little bit inbetween feedings. Also, like everyone else is saying... a warm wet wash cloth or flannel is a great relief. Sometimes hand expresing in the shower is esier because of the warmth from the shower and you don't have to worry about making a mess if your milk sprays everywhere. Congrats on the baby! :) Good luck with breastfeeding.
yes nurse as much as you can...be careful with the warm/hot shower and towel thing because that will increase your swelling...you want to keep your breast out of direct contact with the hot water in the shower...
hand expressing is the best thing to do...
This will subside...your milk has come in and that is why you see the influxs of breast milk and engorement...it will get better over the next few days with continous and frequent nursing!!...Hang in there..you are doing the very best for your baby!!..
your beast are what's called engorged...its is normal but you need to nurse that baby like crazy to get them to go down....they will not totally go back to the way they were before aslong as you are nursing...if they are so hard that the baby cannot latch on then you need to hand express some before you nurse...your hospital should have given you instruction on how to hand express....
hope this helps....
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