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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    PS a little hand expression between nursing sessions can be very helpful in relieving engorgement. If you are so engorged you need to pump a bit, that is also ok. Yes of course pumping will increase milk production. But when engorgement is severe, it is the engorgement itself that is the most potentially serious and immediate problem and in that case you want to try to avoid it. Usually you only want to pump or hand express enough to relieve the pressure.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:01 AM
    Hi. Engorgement can be a sign of overproduction, but more typically this early on it is simply normal (many moms make too much when milk first comes in) OR it is a sign that baby is not nursing well enough or frequently enough. Baby may be getting plenty of milk, but if mom is having frequent episodes of engorgement, that may still indicate a latch problem. Since you are having engorgement even right after baby nurses, I wonder if maybe you need to have a consult with a lactation consultant to make sure all is well. More info: http://www.cwgenna.com/lconsult.html Did you have an IV in the hospital? If you had an epidural or c-section or an IV for any other reason, you may be very "water logged" at this point. This means you could be experiencing edema, (too much water in your cells) which can seem similar to and also can worsen engorgement. Are you swollen anywhere else? It can be very obvious in the extremities, but if you have edema you have it everywhere, including your breasts. OP- Unless overproduction is causing a serious problem, it is usually safest to let nature take its course. Over a few weeks, your body should get the message that it is making too much milk and begin to reduce production on its own. Block nursing gives the body a very strong, immediate message to reduce production quickly, and also can worsen engorgement (as that is kind of how it works) so at this stage is not typically recommended unless the OP is very severe, and then you still have to...
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  • @llli*jnjsess's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    I am nursing my 5th baby, I had oversupply issues with all but my 3rd baby. My last baby was my worst case of over supply, it did not clear up until 12 weeks, and he had all the symptoms, green poop, coughing, gagging, crying, gained a lot of weight quickly, etc.. My 5th baby is one week old. I constantly have engorged hard breast that never soften, even after eating. Luckily he has nice yellow poop, doesn't seem to have too much trouble nursing aside from the occasional choking, but it seems like for the most part he can keep up with the flow. I have been block nursing, only pumping a tiny amount to draw out my nipple occasionally, I started drink Sage tea 2x a day, and helatch seems fine. Does this sound like oversupply still if he seems so much happier, and having great yellow diapers? Does it sound like engorment in this case is more swelling than over supply?
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