OMG! My milk came in last night and now my breasts are rock hard and they hurt! So much! My baby won’t latch either. What can I do?

Engorgement can be very uncomfortable. It is important to empty your breasts by feeding your little one early and often. We recommend feeding 8 -12 times per 24 hours and making sure your latch and position is correct. In order to get your breasts soft enough for you little one to latch on, you pump a little (to comfort only) or taking a warm shower and hand expressing.  Sooth the discomfort with cold packs and whatever pain relievers your healthcare provider told you was okay to take.

For more thoughts on engorgement check out these links:

Kellymom

La Leche League

Jack Newman, MD

Nancy Mohrbacher

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