Engorgement

Temporary swelling of the breasts when your milk comes in is called engorgement. You may also experience pain and fever. Your baby may have difficulty latching on if you are engorged.

Engorgement is caused by lymph congestion, increased blood volume, and milk accumulation. Try these techniques:

  • Breastfeed frequently.
  • Rotate nursing positions to equally empty all lobes of your breasts.
  • Apply warm packs or take a hot shower before feeding.
  • For swelling, apply ice packs after feeding.
  • Express a little milk (by hand or pump) to soften the areola enough so your baby can latch on.
  • Take pain relievers, as suggested by your physician.
  • Wear a good, supportive bra.