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Old 08-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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engorgement :/

oh, my oh, my. i am super engorged over here just shy of 1 week post baby. last time i struggled with this for months and i would love to hear your ideas. my best resource so far is manual expression, but the time/energy involved is a bit much and i would love to try some other ideas, too. any thoughts? tia!

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Expressing the surplus is simply going to make your problem worse. Supply=Demand. If you wear breast pads for leaking and just nurse your baby for the next few weeks it should even out quite a bit. If you pump or express on top of nursing it will cause your over supply to continue.
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Re: engorgement :/

thanks for the note . my lactation nurse and doula begged me to manually express last time around because they said it is the only way to relieve some engorgement without increasing demand. i know you are absolutely right about pumping!
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I can take 4 weeks to even out your supply. Congrats on your baby.
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Re: engorgement :/

thank you! i will try to put on my big girl panties until then .
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Expressing the surplus is simply going to make your problem worse. Supply=Demand. If you wear breast pads for leaking and just nurse your baby for the next few weeks it should even out quite a bit. If you pump or express on top of nursing it will cause your over supply to continue.
This isn't exactly true. Emptying the breast is what signals your body to make more. Expressing just enough to relieve engorgement (ie. an ounce before each feeding) will not only ease your pain, it can make it easier for your baby to latch, increase the amount of hindmilk the baby gets, slow letdown and most importantly IME prevent mastitis from milk stasis. I had BAD oversupply with both my girls and I worked with a LC to get past it. If you had oversupply with your first it is very likely to happen again. Try block feeding, but in the meantime don't hesitate to relieve yourself so you can make feeding your baby more comfortable for you both.
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This isn't exactly true. Emptying the breast is what signals your body to make more. Expressing just enough to relieve engorgement (ie. an ounce before each feeding) will not only ease your pain, it can make it easier for your baby to latch, increase the amount of hindmilk the baby gets, slow letdown and most importantly IME prevent mastitis from milk stasis. I had BAD oversupply with both my girls and I worked with a LC to get past it. If you had oversupply with your first it is very likely to happen again. Try block feeding, but in the meantime don't hesitate to relieve yourself so you can make feeding your baby more comfortable for you both.
This! Pumping or expressing just until you feel relief will not increase your supply at this point. Untreated engorgement is the perfect set up for mastitis, clogged ducts and misery. Good luck mama!
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thank you! can i ask what you mean by 'block feeding'? i'm not familiar with that term...
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thank you . good encouragement. poor baby is trying so hard to nurse from these bowling balls....
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I used cold cabbage leaves to decrease my supply a bit. Just be careful as this is also used to dry up milk.
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