Re: Too Engorged to Sleep
I think you're making the right decision about ditching the nighttime bottles and just nursing! Sometimes pumping looks like it's going to make things easier, but instead turns out to be more difficult and complicated than just nursing.
That's all good advice. I don't know about sage tea, but Celestial Seasonings makes a nice peppermint tea that can't hurt and may help.
I've seen the following advice so far:
1. stop pumping (put up with the engorgement or pump just enough to
2. cabbage leaves at night, cold compresses
3. peppermint and sage teas (is there a prepared sage or do you prep
The 2 things I would add are to watch yourself carefully for signs of mastitis, and if nighttime engorgement is causing you severe discomfort, don't be afraid to pump or express just enough to relieve the discomfort. As long as you don't fully empty the breast, supply will still decrease, just not quite as fast as if you don't pump.
How long it's going to take your supply to adjust depends very much on you as an individual. For some moms the adjustment takes place rapidly, within a day or two. For others, it takes longer- a week or more.
Basically, let the breasts express only when and as much as baby wants. Then will it take the breasts days?, weeks? to reprogram?
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