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August 18th, 2008, 10:09 AM
mothra's Avatar Martha
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the past two days have been awful, my breasts have been so incredibly engorged i can't take it! i've noticed my LO's eating habits have changed slightly...it seems like he's eating less at a time and is going longer between feedings. so i guess thats why, but how can i relieve this?! it hurts so bad, in the mornings they're hard as a rock. i had to pump a little this morning, which is probably a bad idea, i know, but i just had to relieve the pressure. will it just take a while for the supply to adjust? what can i do in the meantime?
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August 18th, 2008, 10:49 AM
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I think it's best to suffer through it as much as you can, pump a little out if it is completely uncomfortable. You should adjust within a couple of days
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August 18th, 2008, 02:29 PM
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Hand express when you are feeling uncomfortable. I used to wake up engorged and would immediately jump in the shower and hand express to get comfortable. It was less messy that way and the heat from the shower made my breasts feel better. Other than expressing milk, there's not too much you can do. Wear a very supportive bra and let your baby nurse on demand. Your supply will adjust soon, and it sounds like you don't have engorgment issues regularly, so I suspect it will only take a few days. You can pump, instead of hand expressing, but pump just enough to relieve the discomfort, or less than a minute. Otherwise, that will signal your body to make more milk, which you dont' want right now!
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August 19th, 2008, 09:50 AM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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I'm wondering if it could be because you just went through a growth spurt and all the extra eating upped your supply. I think this happened to be after the 6 week one.
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