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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Engorgement

    Hi, my milk came in sunday, (baby born fri am 02:15) when should I expect the 'fullness' to ease off? Im getting paranoid that baby isn't managing to get the milk off properly, today she's been doing about 20mins on the 1 side before becoming fussy&i've been putting her to the other side to satisfy her. Both breasts are really hard and full which isn't easing after she's fed, i've also tried expressing to make sure my breasts empty but only get about 10mls off post feed. I'm concerned i've got blocked ducts as the hardness doesnt ease off at all and they are slightly lumpy in places.

    Had loads of dirty nappies today although they're still green, hardly pooed at all yersterday.

    Sorry if this post is a bit lengthy, hope it makes sense.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Engorgement

    Croeso! Did I get that right? If not, welcome! And congratulations on the new baby.

    As long as you are seeing adequate wet and poopy diaper output (see this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html), and your baby is not falling asleep at the breast and you are not in pain when the baby nurses, engorgement in the early days is normal and should ease off in not too long. This link covers engorgement and how to treat it: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...gorgement.html. I strongly encourage you to keep a careful count of diapers right now- they are your best indicator of whether or not the baby is transferring milk.

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