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What is breastmilk engorgement?
Breastmilk engorgement is a common breastfeeding problem that occurs when a lactating mother's breasts produce milk faster than the baby consumes it.
What are the symptoms of breastmilk engorgement?
An engorged breast is hot, hard and painful, the skin can look shiny and reddish and milk does not flow easily from it.
What causes breastmilk engorgement?
Engorgement commonly occurs during the first days after birth, as the mother and the baby are getting used to breastfeeding. Other causes include: poor attachment of baby to the breast; weaning child; mother is unable or unwilling to breastfeed the …
How is breastmilk engorgement treated?
Your health professional can guide you in methods that can improve your feeding technique, relieve pain, and allow yourself and your baby to breastfeed successfully.
Will breastmilk engorgement clear on its own?
In many cases, engorgement will resolve naturally as the breast and the baby adjust to each other.
Can breastmilk engorgement be prevented?
Practicing good breastfeeding technique early on can help prevent engorgement.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Breastmilk engorgement