Big and heavy
How to cope when your breasts are swollen with milk.
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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”.

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