How to Deal with Breast Engorgement and Tenderness

Some woman are blessed with abundant milk; this enables them to breast feed their babies for over a year while others do not have sufficient milk production due to various reasons. It is perfectly natural for a woman’s breast to get full of milk during the first few weeks after the child is born.

In some cases the milk production is so high that is begins to get engorged in the breast and leads to severe discomfort and pain. The breast begins to feel heavy. This happens when the woman does not feed the child for a few hours due to work or other domestic issues. Over time along with becoming large; the breasts will also get hard and heavy. This is the time when the woman will also begin to show signs of fever. If you are reading this and are showing some of the signs; you need not worry. Relax and read on to find a solution to the issue at hand.

The best solution is to feed the baby as often as possible. The more you feed the baby the lighter you will feel. You baby will ease your discomfort with a few feedings. However, you must take care not to force feed the child just to ensure that you get some relief. If the nipple has become hard in the process then you must extract some milk and then put your child to the breast. During the first 3 to 6 months after the child is born you must breast feed the child as often as you can to make sure that the child gets enough nourishment; it also ensures that your breasts do not have any discomfort.

Use a hot compress on your breasts when you feel the breast hardening. After a feeding use a cold compress to get rid of the swelling and tenderness on the area. You must make sure that you wear a comfortable bra; the kind that is fitted for nursing women. This will help to prevent any issues with engorgement.