Full and overfull breasts are not the same. When they are too full, it is called congestion. Yes, it is reasonable to assume that all breastfeeding mothers want breasts full of milk whenever their babies are ready to be fed. The more milk there is, the better for the baby. However, when they are too full, they get to the point of swelling and pain, and when some moms have a fever, it can be very distressing, especially for new moms. However, some steps can be taken to help reduce, if not completely prevent, waterlogging.

Feed the baby every two to three hours.

A feeding schedule is a good idea. Therefore, it will be helpful to set a schedule and stick to it, as much as you can. That is, feed the baby every two or three hours a day. However, the more the baby is fed, the more milk will be produced and this is good for the baby. However, feeding every two to three hours will help prevent too much milk from being stored at one time.

shower instead of bathing

Many of us enjoy relaxing baths, and when we have the opportunity to do so, especially during this time, we shouldn’t turn it down. However, in this case, the waters from the shower will help with the chest. Let the water fall directly on them and massage them gently, but on purpose, especially if they are about to become sore. Some milk may leak, but this will help provide some relief.

Express some milk before and after feeding if they are still full

Before feeding the baby, express some milk to make it easier for the baby to properly latch on to the nipples and therefore have adequate access to the milk. Make sure “all” the milk is gone after feeding. However, if there is still milk in one or both, expressing the rest will help prevent engorgement.

ice pack to chest

When the breasts are full, but not to the point of pain, an ice pack is a good preventative measure. Follow the instructions on how to use the ice pack, and this will help reduce the chance of swelling.

Breast engorgement is common among new moms, but it can be reduced, if not prevented entirely. Feed the baby every two to three hours, take more showers instead of baths, express some milk before and after nursing if they are still full, and use an ice pack on the breast when needed.

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