breastfeeding

Ashleigh - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I just had my baby girl a week ago, now my milk is coming in but she is not eating enough to releave me....any suggestions on what to do so that i'm not in so much pain. thanks

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Paula - posted on 05/28/2009

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Sounds weird, but cold cabbage leaves on your breasts. I'm a nurse and I did a rotation in postpartum in the community and I learned the trick from and Asian family I had as clients. My first son had enourmous problems breastfeeding and I was engorged at the beginning so I tried it. Really works.
Just get a head of cabbage, put it in the fridge and then when your breasts are sore, tear a leaf off and stick it in between you bra and your bare breast.
Good luck, and remember, it's just your body getting the levels right to provide for your daughter, it will be better in a few days.

Beth - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hot showers and expressing a little help. This engorgement is normal and your levels will level out soon.

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Amelia - posted on 05/28/2009

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i know it's really confussing with people telling you different things. the best thing you can do is talk to a lactation consultant. i did this...she told me i definately need to pump. your baby is growing and will need more milk next week than this week so if you have a little extra that's just fine. Pumping will help with the pain. good luck!

Brittany - posted on 05/28/2009

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oh and i had no luck with an electric pump but used a hand held pump from my local WIC office!

Brittany - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hot Showers and Hot hot Compres! then pump pump pump! I had a horible time getting started and was really down due to the fact i was so engorged and couldn't get my milk to come.i was beging to feel like a horrible mom, and nearly gave up. But deturmined after a hot shower till it was no longer hot then pumping what i could and not having much luck... i took a hand towl soked it in a bowl of water and then microwaved the towl for about 3 mins careful it is hot. then messaging the hot towl over my breast and then pumping i did this several time in a row and it fianllay let up and have been nursing for 17 months!

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2009

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As others posted, you need to be careful if you pump to relive the engorgement because that can increase your supply. The best bet is to just manually express a little, just enough to relive the pain, in a warm shower. And then have your baby nurse as much as she wants. Usually, the engorgement only lasts about a week, and then everything levels off.

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! And props to you for nursing!!!

Jessica - posted on 05/28/2009

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Pumping is the obvious big idea, but if that is too painful as well, you can always take hot showers or put hot washclothes over your breasts to ease the pain

Charlotte - posted on 05/28/2009

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Be careful with both cabbage leaves and pumping. One will lower your milk supply while the other will encourage your breasts to produce even more. You want your breasts to be making about as much as your baby eats. Unless you're going to be going back to work outside the home, pumping is a bother you don't really need.



For my engorgement after having my first, pumping was a lifesaver, but it was also only a one-time thing. I also found cabbage leaves were wonderful for temporary pain relief, but I only used them a couple of times for a couple of days. I ended up with oversupply anyway, but at least the engorgement was over.



The very best thing is to encourage baby to nurse as often as possible; even wake her up if she's sleeping longer than 2-3 hours during the day or 4-5 hours at night, or else you're going to be in serious pain. That's from my own expirence. Frequent nursing is also the very best thing to establish and maintain your milk supply, and the very best thing for your baby as breastmilk digests in about 30 mins and her tummy is really small at this point.

Amelia - posted on 05/28/2009

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I'd be careful with the cabbage leaves, i hear that's what you do when you want to stop breastfeeding as it will dry up your milk. just pump a little, it's a great start on storing some milk for when you want to get out for a little bit.

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2009

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Pump, Pump, Pump! This has many benefits. . .you can store for later, relieve pain, and encourage more production. The more you pump/nurse the more milk you will produce. It's so important to stick with it. And always remember, that she is just as new at this as you are. Be patient and know that you are doing the right thing. The pain will ease as you both become more accustomed to the feedings.

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