Simple tips on how to reduce engorged breasts

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Here’s why it happens and what you can do to relieve it.

Breast engorgement occurs in women who are breastfeeding and it means their breasts are overfull of milk, which can cause discomfort or even pain. This usually occurs when a mother makes more milk than her child uses. Your breasts may become firm and swollen, which can make it hard for your baby to breastfeed. Luckily, engorged breasts can be treated at home.


When engorgement may happen:


What should you do?

The following steps can help you to relieve your engorgement and keep your milk flowing:


If you decide not to breastfeed after childbirth, use one or more of these steps to relieve discomfort:


Yes, breast engorgement can be prevented:



Breast Engorgement, Michigan of Medicine, University of Michigan

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