Ow! Milk supply just coming in! pain!

Toni - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




my milk supply just seems to be coming in, and my breasts are just so painful and firm. They hurt in what i thought were good nursing bras.... is this just due to milk arriving? could it be the bras? how can i get some comfort, how long does this last normally???


Liza - posted on 05/29/2009




I breast fed my first baby for a year and my second one is almost 5 months now. Your getting engorged which is normal the first few weeks. Once you and your baby are feeding routinely your body will begin to supply only what your baby needs. This will go away, I promise. It is due to the milk coming in and not your bras - unless your bras are too small. As the previous person responded below, try not to express more than what makes you comfortable. Otherwise you will be supplying more than the baby demands and thats what's painful. I hope you feel better soon!

Kayleigh - posted on 05/29/2009




Also if you are getting way too much milk, place cold cabbage leaves in your bra

Guggie - posted on 05/29/2009




It lasted for 3 days...then I had some lopsidedness for 6 days. After that things were good.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 05/29/2009




Don't wear under-wires during this time because they get soo big that the wire could cause a clog (this happened to me). Wear a bra such as a sports bra that holds them close to you. Warm compresses help and don't worry this will not last too long. As long as you don't pump a lot your body will realize it doesn't need all the milk.

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Nicole - posted on 05/29/2009




I was also very engorged. it hurts but will pass soon. Try using a diaper to help releive the pain. You can get it wet, then microwave it and it will stay warm longer than a wash rag. Hand express you milk as well, store it if you can or want. It wil pass hang in there.

Charlotte - posted on 05/29/2009




Nurse the baby as often as baby will take it. I even had to wake mine up in those early days because I was in pain and my breasts were rock hard. Well, you don't need to fully wake the baby, just enough so he or she will latch on and start taking some of that milk to give you some relief. Warm showers, massageing your breasts, warm compress, and taking advil can also all really help. Be sure to drink enough water and try to get enough rest too.

Kiyomi - posted on 05/29/2009




I know what you mean. I have a nearly 10 month old and when my milk first came in I was almost always engorged! I would put warm compresses on and express some of the milk. I would hand express because trying to use a pump on them when they were that full just made me want to cry. It usually takes a couple weeks for your body to begin to regulate the milk amount so that you aren't so engorged. I will warn you not to express more than needed for minimum comfort because if you do it can lead to your body thinking you need all that extra milk to feed the baby. Congrats and good luck.

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