Just after the baby is born, new mom’s breasts will produce an immune-rich substance called colostrums. Colostrums contain more protein, less sugar and much less fat than mature breast milk.
Engorgement usually happens when the breasts switch from colostrums to mature milk. However, engorgement can also happen if lactating women miss several nursing and not enough milk is expressed from the breasts. Severe breast engorgement can lead to more serious breast infections like plugged milk ducts or mastitis. Let’s see how to minimize engorgement problems
After given birth around two to five days the body will prepare itself for breastfeeding as the breast tissues swell with blood, lymphatic fluid and milk. This process makes the woman's breasts fuller and tendered and it may also cause a llittle fever. Some women complain of overall discomfort
To help ease your pain from these period and also help breast feeding easier
1. Take warm showers or use warm compresses on the area. Warm water will help to relieve some discomfort and facilitate let down.
2. Massaging the area, several times a day. Massaging can help get out as much milk as possible.
3. Don’t forget to clean your nipple before feed your baby.
4. When breastfeeding, position the baby so the nose is pointed towards the clogged area.
5. Using a hand or electric pump for a few minutes to help draw out the clogged milk.
6. Pump out extra milk and store it in the freezer to prevent the breast from becoming too engorged
Please be aware if you have any fever, cold, pain, or red streaking more than three days then we suggest you to see the doctor.