How To Soothe The Pain Of Engorged Breasts After Breastfeeding

How To Soothe The Pain Of Engorged Breasts After Breastfeeding

Rebecca Charlton (Lactation Educator & Registered Dietitian, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles) gives expert video advice on: How do I soothe the pain of engorged breasts?

How do I soothe the pain of engorged breasts?

The best way to soothe the pain that's caused by engorged breasts is to get your baby to help you out. Get your baby to the breast and try to encourage it to feed. Sometimes when you're very engorged it makes the nipple really flat. If the nipple's flat, the baby might not want to breastfeed. So, you may want to get a good hand pump, or an electric pump, and pull off some of the milk at first. It can be really hard to let down when your breasts are engorged, so learn the art of hand expressing. Hand expressing is done by taking your finger and your thumb at the very base of your breast, with your finger on the bottom and your thumb on the top, and gently rolling it from top to bottom. When you do that it's going to cause the milk to come out slowly. That's going to help you to be relieved and eventually the baby will attach and finish the job. The baby's much more efficient than any pump you're ever going to find. So, continue to encourage your baby to help you.