If you aren't breastfeeding
If you're on certain medicines you will be advised not to breastfeed. Be aware that it takes your breasts a few days to go back to normal
Certain medical conditions and medicines may prohibit breastfeeding – your doctor will advise you on this.
But what’s with the big, sore breasts? Your body will not know that you are not planning to breastfeed, so the hormones still do what they would have done if you were.
- Your milk will still come in on day two or three.
- Your breasts will swell and may be painful and possibly engorged.
- Avoid stimulating your breasts in any way, like pumping or standing under a running shower for relief – this will just cause further engorgement.
- In a day or two your breasts will stop producing milk and will shrink to normal size.
- Even if you don’t breastfeed, your breasts may have changed in texture and be slightly less firm and your nipples may be darker than before your pregnancy.