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April 21st, 2008, 02:00 PM
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At what point does your body not really let you feel the engorgement anymore even though you may be?
Sebastian is just over 4 weeks old and sleeps almost the whole night so normally when i wake up in the morning i am so full that it hurts, but this morning I didn't have the pain, it was a tad uncomfortable but wasn't painful, as if i wasn't that full even though i could feel they were. Is it too soon for my body to tell me that i'm not engorged even though i am? Or has my body adjusted to having alot of milk and I won't have the pain anymore? I was worried this morning when i didn't feel the engorgement pain, however i started thinking maybe my body is getting used to everything. I know that i don't feel the let down pain at all unless i have a ton of milk, otherwise i don't feel it whereas before i would feel it all the time.
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April 21st, 2008, 04:30 PM
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In the earlier weeks, you have an oversupply which is basically just engorgement - more milk than you possibly need. It makes them enlarged, and hurt. Add to that in the early weeks your milk ducts actually swell from the engorgement.

With time, the swelling goes down and so does the engorgement. Your uspply will level out. ITs not that your body stops feeling it - its that it stops being engorged. Your supply levels out to what your bbaby needs & that full feeling will even go away eventually (except for when you've gone too long between feedings). Thats a ways down the road though!


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April 21st, 2008, 08:52 PM
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Once my supply was well established, I felt "full" but not "engorged". It's not that you aren't feeling it, you just are adjusting now and you're not really engorged anymore, you're just full. I have no idea if that makes any sense
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April 22nd, 2008, 06:57 AM
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You girls are great, that helps immensely. I was getting worried.
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