Health Tip: Soothing Engorged Breasts

- After giving birth, a woman's breasts can become large and swollen -- called engorged. This is caused by congestion of the blood vessels in the breast. When this happens, the nipples may not protrude to allow the baby to nurse.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these suggested remedies:

  • Try to feed often throughout the day -- at least eight times in a 24-hour period.
  • Feed for at least 15 minutes at each sitting.
  • If your breasts feel uncomfortable and you are unable to feed your baby, express your milk with a breast pump.
  • Take a warm shower to soothe soreness.
  • Apply a cool compress to reduce swelling and ease pain.

Posted: February 2008


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