How to Manage Breast Engorgement

Disclosure: I created this post as a paid ambassador with Philips Avent and PTPA. All advice and opinions are my own and I only work wth companies I genuinely love.

As you may know from my previous post, my fourth child has finally arrived and I am so relieved and happy that he is here! It was really tough those last few days before I delivered but now I am recovering and I’m slowly starting to feel like myself again.

Last week, I was feeling well enough to go out to the mall to run an errand with one of my daughters. She needed new shoes! Her old runners, which she hadn’t worn all summer were now too tight, so we had to head to the mall to buy new ones.

Going out meant that I had to be away from baby, so I left baby with grandma and left her some formula just in case.

Our trip to the mall took longer than expected. We were there for about 3.5 hours which meant grandma had to give baby the formula so when we got home baby was full and didn’t need me. What did this result in? You guessed it! Breast engorgement!

Breast engorgement is not fun at all. Your breasts get full, firm and super tender. The slightest touch is painful. Also, when your breasts are so full and the skin is taught, it makes it harder for baby to latch and an improper latch can leave you with sore nipples. Oh the joys of motherhood! Lol!

Luckily, I had my Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump handy to help relieve the discomfort. I’m not the type to pump often and so having the manual breast pump is perfect for me. The Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump is different from the breast pump I had with my first child. With my old breast pump, I had to lean forward to get my milk to drip into the container. With the Philips Comfort Breast Pump, there’s no need for that. I can pump comfortably sitting up and when I’m more comfortable and relaxed, my milk seems to come out easier. 

Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump

Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump

Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump

What makes it even more comfortable is the soft massage cup which feels warm against the skin. This seems to make the letdown reflex happen quicker.

Once I got my milk flowing with the use of the Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump, I felt immediate relief from the engorgement. I pumped just enough so that the breast wasn’t so firm and tight. This made it easier for baby to latch.

Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump

Here are some other tips to help relieve breast engorgement:

  • take a 5 minute hot shower prior to feeding to help the milk begin to flow
  • apply cold compress for 10 minutes after feeding to help reduce swelling
  • gently massage and compress the breast before feeding to help drain the breast
  • If you are experiencing a lot of discomfort, medication like ibuprofen can help manage the pain and inflammation
  • If the breasts are so full and heavy try wearing a supportive bra without underwire
  • pumping, hand expressing or nursing can help relieve the symptoms of breast engorgement
  • if you have a high fever and severe pain, you may have a breast infection. Call your health care provider if this happens.

A Handy App to Help You Keep Track

It can be hard to keep track of breastfeeding as a busy mom of 4. Sometimes I can’t remember which breast I started with or how long I nursed for, so I downloaded the Philips Avent uGrow app. It’s pretty easy to use. All you do is tap the + sign and then it gives you some options. It allows me to easily track all that information so I can rest assured that baby’s getting all the nutrition he needs.

If you have problems with engorgement, try the tips I mentioned above, or try using the Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump to help relieve the pain and discomfort.

Click here, if you want more information about the Philips Avent Comfort Breast Pump.

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