Jump to content

I think my boobs are engorged, how long will it last?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Kels22

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

My DS is 4 and a half weeks old and I have had to put him on the bottle.  I tried breast feeding him since he was in the NICU shortly after birth and I kept trekking to the hospital every day to feed and express but it became too frustrating for both DS and me and stressed both of us out.

My supply is very low, I get maybe 60-70mls in total when expressing so not nearly enough for DS and when I do try to feed, he latches on correctly but then bites me.  I spend most of the time taking him off and reattaching him only to have my nipple come out all mangled which really hurts.  I was on motillium for my supply but it didn't really help.

This morning I got up and my boobs were rock hard and lumpy and had been leaking on one side, so I tried to express and only got 40mls.  They are really tender to touch but not red at all, just big and sore.  Throughout the day I have tried to express with no luck so I am at a loss as to what to do.  DS is taking formula so I would like to stop expressing fully as I am becoming quite exhausted what with getting up to feed him and settle him then express as well at night every 4 hours.

What do I do and how long will they be so sore for?  I'm worried if I keep trying to express, that will only make my body keep producing milk which is not ideal.  I have given DS the best start I could and only wish my supply was better.

Any help would be appreciated, I have also made a Dr's appt but can't get in for 3 days.

#2 Contrebasse

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

No advice on how to dry up supply sorry, but when I was engorged and couldn't express well, I lay in a warm bath and hand expressed until my breasts weren't hard any more.

#3 JaneLane

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

With DS2 I got mastitis very badly and ended up stopping breast feeding altogether.  I remember my Dr telling me to get out what milk I could and I would do this by squeezing out what milk I could manage in the shower.  The heat of the water seemed to help.  I did not have much supply to begin with so it might not have been as much of a problem.  

I remember a friend who did not breast feed at all, talking about lying down with a hot towel over her breasts for about a week to get rid of the milk supply.  She said she was in quite a bit of engorment pain and would soak through a towel every hour until it eventually stopped.

I think that you do need to try to get out what you can though so it doesn't lead to mastitis which is terribly painful from my experience.  I am not an expert though, you should probably talk to your OB/GP etc to get advice

#4 lucky 2

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

Hi there, did you go cold turkey from expressing?
From what you have written it sounds like you have been trying to abruptly wean or abruptly suppress lactation (milk production) and this usually leads to full and aching breasts, blocked ducts and the risk of mastitis.
You are not experiencing engorgment as such, this happens when the milk "comes in".
Weaning or milk suppression is most comfortably and safest done in a gradual manner.
You are doing the right thing by trying to express to relieve some pain.
This is the best thing to do for your breasts, expressing for comfort to avoid blocked ducts/mastitis is current best practice.
The links below address the how to's of weaning and remaining comfortable during the process.
The basics are remove milk as required for comfort (this will not interfere with the process of suppressing milk production but fully emptying the breast would, when milk remains the breast slows down production).
Also using cold packs to decrease swelling rather than heat, perhaps some mild otc painkillers and a comfortable bra.
All the best.
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping...ning-from-pump/

#5 Kels22

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

QUOTE (lucky 2 @ 08/12/2012, 05:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there, did you go cold turkey from expressing?
From what you have written it sounds like you have been trying to abruptly wean or abruptly suppress lactation (milk production) and this usually leads to full and aching breasts, blocked ducts and the risk of mastitis.
You are not experiencing engorgment as such, this happens when the milk "comes in".
Weaning or milk suppression is most comfortably and safest done in a gradual manner.
You are doing the right thing by trying to express to relieve some pain.
This is the best thing to do for your breasts, expressing for comfort to avoid blocked ducts/mastitis is current best practice.
The links below address the how to's of weaning and remaining comfortable during the process.
The basics are remove milk as required for comfort (this will not interfere with the process of suppressing milk production but fully emptying the breast would, when milk remains the breast slows down production).
Also using cold packs to decrease swelling rather than heat, perhaps some mild otc painkillers and a comfortable bra.
All the best.
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping...ning-from-pump/


No I haven't gone cold turkey from expressing, I didn't however try and express as many times as normal last night as I was too exhausted.  It's just strange that my breasts seem so full yet I still can't get much from them when expressing and therefore no real relief.

It's times like this I wish there were a magic pill the Dr could give me to help relieve things!

#6 nup

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

Are warm showers/baths or even compresses working? Do you know how to hand express? Try thinking of your baby as you do it, rather than thinking about getting more milk out iykwim.

Expressing can be quite hard for most women and you often won't get much despite enthusiasm and effort. I'm surprised though that it has already been decided that you're not producing enough when you're still in the early days. If you can get the baby to latch on correctly and stimulate the suckling reflex, you'll be halfway there. You and the baby both need to learn what's involved but it sounds like you're not well supported. Have you seen a lactation consultant? Might be worth a consult even if you're convinced that it's already over as they'll be able to help you manage the supply.

#7 lucky 2

Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

QUOTE
It's just strange that my breasts seem so full yet I still can't get much from them when expressing and therefore no real relief.

Yep, the milk is having trouble flowing because when the milk that is stored keeps being produced but not removed, the milk can leak into the surrounding tissues and causes swelling. Combine that with full breasts the ducts can become compressed and the milk finds it harder to flow.  sad.gif
For some women this can happen and they will go on to develop mastitis but plenty of women wont get mastitis, the fullness and discomfort will peak then it will slowly resolve.
Unfortunatetly it cannot be predicted who will or wont go on to develop mastitis.
Perhaps some heat and gentle massage (as pp's have suggested) would help some milk flow and then use some cold packs after the expressing?
Perhaps call the ABA helpline to chat with a bfing counsellor, it can be easier to talk about it.
I hope your breasts are feeling better soon.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.