Hello, I am new to this forum as my daughter is only 6 days old today. My milk came in 3 days ago and with it came engorgement as you'd expect. What I didn't expect was that it would get worse, rather than better. I heard 24 to 48 hours was when engorgement would lessen up. I seem to be getting more and more engorged instead of less and less. My daughter is on a fairly regular schedule (hers, not mine) of feeding for about 15 to 20 minutes every 1-1/2 to 2 hours. At the end of each feeding, there is still a decent amount of engorgement remaining, though there is MUCH less pressure than before hand. She is a bit colicky at night with about 3 hours of crying and restlessness sometime between 10pm and 3am. But always has at least 2 good feedings thru the night. She ate 11 times total in the last 24 hour period.
Is it ok for me to pump my breasts after she is done eating to relieve the remaining pressure? Or will I fool my body into thinking the milk demand is greater than it really is, thereby makeing the problem even worse?
Note: I feed her from one side per feeding. For example at her last feeding she drank from my left breast and at her next feeding I'll feed her from the right. (Not sure if that info will change any advise you might have for me) I am doing it this way to ensure that she gets to the "hind milk" and also to empty each breast as much as possible at each feeding. She is having at least 4 yellow seedy BM's each 24 hrs at this point and as many wet diapers, so I'm fairly sure she is drinking enough at each meal.
Any advice you can give me would be very welcome. I have heard that extended, severe engorgement can cause milk production to stop and I really don't want to have that happen.
Thank you very much in advance!