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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 child; hyperlactation (mother naturally produces too much milk); baby is ill or otherwise feeding less than usual, or; mother has undergone breast enhancement surgery.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Blocked milk ducts

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