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September 4th, 2008, 01:30 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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BF was going great until I got engorged. Now my breasts are hard and huge. The baby is having trouble latching.

My biggest concern is that I don't know when to switch breasts to feed because they never feel like they are being emptied. Should I pump the rest of the milk out after feedings? Or would that just make the problem worse?

I threw some diapers in the freezer to put on them because I heard that helps...what exactly does the cold do to help?

I'm determined to make this work, but really frusterated right now- any advise would help....oh and tell me this goes away soon!!!!

Thank you!

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September 4th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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It will go away soon! If baby is having a hard time latching, either pump or hand express just enough to make it easier. Do not pump after feeding, that will only tell your body to keep making that much. It will even out in a few days. For now, put a rubberband on the wrist of the side you last fed, or a pin on the bra or something like that.
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September 4th, 2008, 02:46 PM
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The best bet would probably be to hand express enough to relieve pressure, using a pump will just make your body want to make MORE and you dont want that!! It does suck getting engorged in the beginning, sometimes its just downright painful. It DOES get better. I remember praying the baby would wake up soon cause my boobs hurt so much. I think it was around two weeks for me. I dont get engorged anymore, I think it stopped around 4months or so. But was only painful first couple weeks.

If shes having trouble latching, try handexpressing some first.

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September 4th, 2008, 05:46 PM
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Thank you so much for your advise and support! I'm feeling a little better now- it helps to talk to women who have been through it and know what to do. I'll just keep telling myself it will go away soon....it will go away soon.....


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September 4th, 2008, 07:42 PM
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It's normal for a woman to get engorged when her milk first comes in. Our bodies usually overproduce in the beginning, to be sure that we have enough for our baby(ies). As your body learns how much your baby will eat, it will adjust to meet that need. I always would hand express a little when I got engorged to relieve the discomfort. Also try not to put any pressure on your breasts when they're engorged, especially while sleeping. With nursing, now that your milk is in, you can switch to nursing on just one side per feeding. This will also help with the engorgement, because you aren't telling both your breasts to make milk at every feeding, which will even out your supply better.
Here's some other tips on treating engorgement: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...gorgement.html
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