Re: Engorgement with chills now no milk?
The chills and tenderness were quite probably mastitis, which you managed to treat by getting the baby to nurse, and drain the breast and the infected area. If I'm right, mastitis can definitely affect production, and it's possible that the supply in that breast has dropped due to it not being drained frequently enough. But this should be only temporary, provided you can get your LO to nurse well on that breast. Here's what to do:
- Offer that breast first at every feeding, as baby may be less choosy when she is hungry
- Try combining nursing with breast compressions to speed milk flow to the baby and make her less fussy in that side
- If your LO uses a pacifier, take it away right now and let your breast serve as her paci
- If you have time while visiting family, pump the affected side in addition to nursing. Even if nothing comes out, the additional stimulation may help bring supply back.
- Do not supplement with formula, as that will definitely lead to reduced milk production.
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