Breast engorgement is the painful overfilling of the breasts that can occur during breastfeeding. It usually occurs when your breasts make more milk than your baby can drink, when you are unable to breastfeed or pump, and when you stop breastfeeding your baby.
Breast engorgement can make it hard for your baby to latch on to your nipple. Your baby may then be unable to breastfeed. This makes engorgement worse.
If you are breastfeeding, engorgement should get better in 12 to 24 hours and should disappear within a few days. If you are not breastfeeding, you will get better in 1 to 5 days or when your body stops making breast milk.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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