Re: Engorgement at 7 months postpartum on one breast
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Aside from the engorgement and discomfort, are you having any additional symptoms? Things like a red patch of skin, or red streaks on the breast skin, or fever, chills, aches and pains, flu-like feelings? If you are having all or many of those things, then what you're experiencing is likely to be mastitis and you need to a) empty that breast as much as possible as often as possible, and b) talk to your midwife or doctor about antibiotics.
I would express some milk from the engorged side and do a taste test. If it's watery and salty, then no big deal. If it tastes kind of thick and nasty, that would be another indicator of infection. I would also strive to empty that breast as much as possible, using whatever works. Pump, hand expression, even having another human being suck out the milk if you can find a willing partner. A lot of women have had to resort to having their husbands empty the breast when the baby absolutely refuses. I've actually had to do it myself- luckily I'm just flexible enough!
You should also try offering the engorged breast frequently- offer it when baby is really hungry and therefore less picky, and offer it when he's partially satisfied and therefore more mellow. Just offer, offer, offer! You may also want to make sure he's feeling okay- sometimes a baby with an ear infection will resist being held in a certain position because the pressure hurts his already painful ear.
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