Breastfeeding Problems - Engorgement/ Engorged Breasts
When you first begin to breastfeed you may find that your breasts feel over-full (engorged). This commonly occurs around three days after the birth of your baby and is due to both an increased blood supply and resulting excess fluid in the breast tissue. Try placing a cold damp cloth on your breasts or having a warm bath or shower to give some relief.
When baby is older skipping a feed or not feeding frequently enough can also cause engorgement. Your breasts may produce so much milk that it can becomes both uncomfortable and frustrating. The baby may choke and splutter as the milk comes out so quickly. Remember that your body is simply adjusting to the new demands on it.
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