Full breasts and overly full ones are not the same things. When they are overly full, it is called engorgement. Yes, it’s reasonable to assume that all breastfeeding moms desire breasts that are full of milk every time their babies are ready to be fed. The more milk there is, the better it is for the baby. Nevertheless, when they are so overly full, they are to the point of being swollen and painful, and when some moms develop a fever, it can be very distressing, especially for new moms. However, some steps can be taken to help reduce, if not completely prevent, engorgement.
Feed baby every two to three hours
A feeding schedule is a good idea. So, setting a schedule and sticking with it, as much as you can, will be helpful. That is, feeding the baby every two to three hours a day. However, the more the baby is fed, the more milk will be produced and this is good for the baby. Nevertheless, feeding every two to three hours will help to prevent a lot of the milk from being stored at one time.
Take showers instead of baths
Many of us enjoy relaxing baths, and when we have the opportunity to do so, especially during this time, we shouldn’t refuse it. However, in this case, the shower waters will help with the breast. Allow the water to fall directly on them and gently, but purposely massage them, especially if they are on the verge of becoming painful. Some milk may escape, but this will help to bring some relief.
Express some milk before and after feeding if they are still full
Before feeding the baby, express some of the milk to make it easier for the baby to latch on to the nipples properly, and therefore get proper access to the milk. Make sure that “all” of the milk is gone after feeding. However, if there is still milk in one or both of them, expressing the remainder will help to prevent engorgement.
Ice Pack to breast
When the breasts are full, but not to the point of causing pain, an ice pack is a good preventative measure. Follow the instructions on how to use the ice pack, and this will help to reduce the possibility of any swelling.
Breast engorgement is common among new moms, but they can be reduced, if not completely prevented. Feed the baby every two to three hours, take more showers instead of baths, express some milk before, and after feeding, if they are still full, and use an ice pack to the breast when necessary.
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