√ feeding on demand (especially while milk production is getting established)
√ getting rest
Post-Delivery Engorgement Relief
Engorged breasts are harder for the baby to latch on. The
nipple is flattened and harder to grasp. Help your baby by expressing some milk
by hand or pump before feeding.
Soak a towel in warm water and apply to breasts before breastfeeding. Or
take warm shower when possible. This stimulates milk release and makes milk
readily available when suckling starts.
Try varying breastfeeding positions every feeding. This insures every area
of the breast gets emptied.
Massaging your swollen breast right
before nursing and between feeding sessions helps. Massage towards the nipple. Massage
well. This will prevent severe engorgement and lump formation. Massaging engorged breasts can be extremely painful (it was for me), but it is effective.
This next tip is from the list of my favorites. Apply cabbage leaf compress to the engorged area. Here is how:
Cabbage Leaf Compress: apply room
temperature thoroughly-washed uncooked cabbage leaf to the engorged breast,
leave till the next feeding. I used to leave it on for the night time. In the
morning you’ll see the leaf is all soft and shapeless. It gives off the juices
and the pain and discomfort are gone.
and natural yogurt compresses also help relieve engorgement pain. Many engorged moms report great results.
If you are past that first postpartum week and the engorgement is still
there, check your breastfeeding schedule. Try not to miss feedings. Make sure your breasts get entirely emptied every feeding session.
Apply cool compress to the hard breast. In cases of severe engorgement
warmth may increase swelling. Use cloth-wrapped ice packs or cool compresses. This decreases the swelling, pain and burning.
After that apply warm compress for a few minutes right before the feeding.
Warmth stimulates milk flow. It may seem contradictory, but in severe engorgement cases cold and warmth work best in this combination.
Take a doctor-recommended dose of ibuprofen if the engorgement pain impedes
breastfeeding. It is safe.
In cases of severe engorgement use breast pump to express some milk before
the feeding. This softens the swollen breast and the nipple.
In search of a fast relief for BQ's engorged moms, I heard several moms raving about booby tubes.
They are made by Earth Mama Angel Baby - a company dedicated to providing organic solutions for moms and babies. These all-natural flax-seed-filled breast packs are great for reducing engorgement swelling and pain.
They are gel-free (don't get too cold or too hot), can be used both for warm and cool compresses and are covered with 100% organic cotton. They can be cooled down in a freezer or warmed up in a microwave or even an oven.
They can also be used after engorgement is over to speed up milk let-down or relieve pain. Great way to help your breasts in an organic way!
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And remember: breastfeed and breastfeed. The more you breastfeed the faster breast engorgement goes away.