any ideas to help empty them without feeding her?? shes only 5 days old so my doc said not to pump yet until my body gets use to her routine!! but they are huge and pour through my clothes!!

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Cortni Hogan - posted on 06/03/2013

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Standing in a HOTT shower and letting the water beat down on my breast DEFIANTLY helped and every single one of my friends iv told to do this has also worked for them ... :-) Good luck and congrats!!! *cort*

Arika - posted on 01/29/2009

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When I first started breast feeding I didn't pump I just lived with the pain...it sucked! I would def pump and save it for later. I didn't do that and now I'm regretting it. I am having problems with my milk supply now that I have returned to work and have had to use formula. Your going to want that milk later even if its just to have so you can get out of the house alone for a little while.

Constance - posted on 01/29/2009

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you guys are awsome!! thank you so much!! all of your suggestions helped :)

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lay in a warm bath and just massage some milk off this helps if they are engourged too . I have managed through 5 babies to stop mastitis . You would be surprised how much relief you get from just easing them off a little. Naturally the more you feed the more you produce so your milk supply should be fine . I used to feed on demand so was constantly leaking but milk was still in abundance

Stacy - posted on 01/28/2009

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PUMP! and if your nipples are sore use calendula it works wayyy better than lansinoh

Polly - posted on 01/28/2009

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These ladies are awesome....! What they said! Pump/Hot showers/massage/breast pads/lansinoh!

Shennandoah - posted on 01/28/2009

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Forget that!! Pump away!! Just dont waste that liquid gold. Freeze it! That is the worst feeling being that engorged. I was the same way. I would get into the shower and it would just pour out.  Your body will do what it needs to do to feed your baby. I was a dairy farm and had the most fabulous frozen milk supply because of it. It helped when i got an absess and my supply went down on one side.

Emily - posted on 01/27/2009

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You shouldn't pump to empty your breasts, but it's fine to pump just enough to relieve the engorgement. I've always had a couple of days of *nasty* engorgement before my body figures out how much my kids really need. With my last baby, I was still nursing my second, so my body was figuring out how much to make for two kids... ironically it took longer for that to regulate, and I spent almost an entire week completely engorged - It was like I had hot, tight, super firm melons in my bra... I think I went from a 32D to a 32 H overnight... it was nasty... but the best thing is to just allow baby to nurse as much as possible and wait it out.

Also, if you're certain you've got plenty of milk, cabbage leaves (with a hole cut out for your nipple) worn in your bra can help reduce supply. You just want to be careful with those because too much use can cause a supply shortage.

Amelia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Oh but the girl a few posts above is right---get in the shower or just get a warm wash cloth and hand express a little bit of the milk--not as much as a real feeding, but just a bit until your breasts feel softer. Right now your milk supply is regulating itself. Obviously you don't have a problem with supply. After a few weeks your body will figure out how much milk it needs to produce and you won't soak your shirts anymore.

Amelia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Yeah you shouldn't pump until she's about 4-6 weeks old or your body will produce too much milk which will only make things worse. I had so much milk for the first month or so that I had to stick a newborn diaper in each bra cup hahaha--it works! This will pass :)

Mary - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Constance, it sounds like you are engorged, its not all just milk, its extra blood flow and swelling. #1, you can pump right now and it won't hurt anything, especially to get them a little soft before she nurses, or she may not like the feel.... #2, use ice packs and cool cabbage leaves on them (for no longer than 1/2 hour at a time, or the leaves can dry you up) Both the ice and the cabbage take down inflammation and bring some relief.

Meanwhile, be comforted by the fact that this will only last a few days until all the extra blood blow calms down and you will get back closer to normal.

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2009

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pump! There is nothing wrong with pumping right now, in fact it will help keep your supply up. You can store it for later also if there's ever a need to leave her for a feeding.

Helen - posted on 01/27/2009

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I found that if you pump just enough to soften your breast the baby laches on better (over pumpin can cause mastitus) and using breast shells helped alot... I was extremeley engorged and found that the shells helped the excess milk come out when it needed to but i could also store the milk in the freezer in pre-sterelized bags.

Jade - posted on 01/27/2009

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dont listen to your doc i had the same problem. youll end up getting lumps and blockage. you need to pump it out hun or its just gonna hurt and hurt,

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Constance:

any ideas to help empty them without feeding her?? shes only 5 days old so my doc said not to pump yet until my body gets use to her routine!! but they are huge and pour through my clothes!!




Yea, hi I had that problem and what my grandmother told me to do really seemed to help me so maybe you should give it a try..... You could either do one or two things try getting into a hot shower and allow the water to hit your breast and slowly squeeze your breast and it will cause the milk to start coming out or you can get a hot washcloth as hot as you can stand it and place it on your breast and massage your breast until the milk starts coming out. And, thats what usually worked for me when my breast was full and they started to hurt!  I hope that it works for you!  Oh, and so the milk wont stain your clothing there are breast pads you can pick up at like a babies-r-us for breastfeeding mothers and you place that inside your bra and it stops leaking! Its works really good!!!

Laurie - posted on 01/27/2009

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PUMP! don't let the doc tell you that. must be a male doc or one that never breast fed. Pump it off. That's what a lactation consultant would tell you to. I would recommend, any time you have questions, don't ask a doctor, ask a lactation consultant. Most hospitals have them on call. Doctor's are not as specifically trained in that area as consultants are. Ease your misery!

Brenda - posted on 01/27/2009

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Oh gosh girl! Is your doc a man by chance (lol)? Try pumping a little just to relieve the engorgement but not to the point of emptying them. When my little guy was a few days old I'd pump for 3-5 min and still end up w/ 10 oz or so and I was no where near being empty.  Hang in there...it'll pass!

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I don't understand why your doctor would tell you that. When I had my daughter she didn't latch on good so they had me pumping in the hospital and feeding her with a needleless syringe and then supplementing her with formula. I did this for about 3 weeks until her weight picked up. I personally would pump and then store it for future use. Your first milk is full of colostrum and she needs it! Hope this helps.

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