This is day two of trying to manage engorgement. Did cabbage and ice for a day and a half. Still doing ice regularly, and started back to cabbage on left side just now.
I am block nursing, starting with whichever side is most ingorged in AM. This happened to be the right side both days. Yesterday I ended nursing on the left side. LO sleeps through the night. (he is 11 weeks started nursing 6 days ago regularly. Intake is good, and latch is good when not engorged.)
Today my left breast is still lumpy and hard. Though not quite as bad as yesterday and the night before. I think I might be getting a plugged duct though, I have a very lumpy spot under left areola, but not sore. No fever today. I am taking ibuprofen.
This is the third day since I stopped pumping, and the fifth full day of trying to reduce supply. ( I pumped 1/2 ounce off right side to get baby to latch first time both days.) If it takes a week for my body to adjust, am I getting close?
If you have been through this, how long does it take to get to a happy medium. I don't mind the fullness, but I am scared of an infection. It will be the end for me if I get one. Does engorgement always lead to an infection?
IF you are a LLL leader and read this please email me. My LLL local contact has not emailed me in a week.