Big and heavy
How to cope when your breasts are swollen with milk.
Your breasts are huge and swollen with milk, but they shouldn’t be sore. If they’re feeling weirdly heavy and full, they could be engorged. If the skin is shiny-looking and they feel tender, give them the deluxe treatment.
- Express enough breast milk prior to a feed to soften the areola and enable your baby to attach properly.
- Once your baby is latched onto the first breast allow your other breast to flow with the 'let down' reflex. Have a cloth or paper towels close at hand.
- Always make sure that the first breast is well drained before you attach your baby to the other breast.
- If you have extreme engorgement, heat will not relieve discomfort but may actually further aggravate the situation. If this is the case, try using a liquid ice-pack or cool water as you express milk.
- Engorgement should be treated immediately. If left untreated it can develop to a blocked duct or breast infection which is called “mastitis”.