How common is breastmilk engorgement?
Engorgement is a common problem for breastfeeding mothers.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Breastmilk engorgement is a common breastfeeding problem that occurs when a lactating mother's breasts produce milk faster than the baby consumes it.
An engorged breast is hot, hard and painful, the skin can look shiny and reddish and milk does not flow easily from it.
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 …
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.
In many cases, engorgement will resolve naturally as the breast and the baby adjust to each other.
Practicing good breastfeeding technique early on can help prevent engorgement.