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.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

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.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

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.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
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.