(Closed) Am I the only one affraid of engorgment?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

The night my milk came in was our first night home from the hospital and I had no idea what was going on I was so exhausted.  All I knew was I wanted some sleep and baby just kept snacking away, napping then snacking,  I handed her off when hubby woke up to get a couple hours straight sleep and then I realized bc since she wasnt snacking they just super puffed.  For me it wasnt crazy painful but more weird and uncomfy.  They looked like super fake huge porn star boobs.  I couldnt wear half my shirts bc my boobs wouldnt fit in them and was freaking out a bit thinking that I needed an entirely new wardrobe.  But it only lasts a couple days.  The one weird thing I found was I would get a bit of a nauseous/unhungry feeling when they got full.  Thankfully that only lasted a couple days too. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

It wasn’t as painful as I thought. I especially thought when I stopped bf there would be tons of pain, and I kept waiting for it, but it never came.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ditto to a lot of what troubled said.  They were huge, like a porn star’s boobs and rock hard.  I was freaking out a bit because I went up another 2 cup sizes when my milk came in (but I was very small to start with).  My milk came in on the third or fourth day home from the hospital.  After probably 5 days to week, my boobs went back to more normal size, a lot of the discomfort went away, and the hardness went away.

Some things that helped were taking warm showers and wearing loose fitting clothing.  I didn’t even wear a bra, honestly, because none of them fit and everything was too tight.

ETA:  Also, there was so much going on at that point that engorgement was definitely at the bottom of my list as far as worries/pains.  I was still bleeding a lot, learning how to breastfeed, and not getting a ton of sleep, so engorgement really didn’t bother me much.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ditto to everything all pps said. The worst part for me was when my milk first came in. My boobs got HUGE (yes, porn star huge. Darling Husband was a big fan lol,) and rock hard. They felt hot and they ached badly, but That only lasted maybe 2 days and it stopped. Hot showers, pumping, and time all helped. Now, almost 8 weeks later, the engorgement only hurts if I get REALLY over full, like if Liv sleeps double the normal time. Even then it’s not really painful, more hot and uncomfortable. It’s not too bad, don’t worry :o)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ditto to everything all pps said. The worst part for me was when my milk first came in. My boobs got HUGE (yes, porn star huge. Darling Husband was a big fan lol,) and rock hard. They felt hot and they ached badly, but That only lasted maybe 2 days and it stopped. Hot showers, pumping, and time all helped. Now, almost 8 weeks later, the engorgement only hurts if I get REALLY over full, like if Liv sleeps double the normal time. Even then it’s not really painful, more hot and uncomfortable. It’s not too bad, don’t worry :o)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@KellyV: This exactly!

I got a little fever from mine on the 2nd day but a hot shower helped mucho! Just be prepared to have milk shooting out of your boobs… like literally when they get that engroged. It’s kinda funny… but the relief is GREAT! lol

It really doesn’t last though… you have a couple frustrating days where you don’t wanna touch them and getting baby latched can be kinda hard, but then they go down some and it’s not bad =)

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I don’t have kids but I did grow up on a dairy farm – and (please, please, don’t take offense) this is VERY similar to what happens to cows when they calve. As you women surely know, you start retaining water toward the end of the pregnancy – if you can reduce the amount of salt in your diet the last couple weeks, you will limit some of the retention – which will reduce the engorgement.

In my experience, it’s much worse with first-calf heifers as their body is not used to it. Massaging, pumping or feeding often can help and watch for the heat and/or fever! That is what we call mastitis in cows (I believe it’s the same in women) and can be extremely painful and cause you to become quite sick. The hot showers, pumping often to remove the ‘bad’ milk, and some homeopathic remedies (organic dairy farm, lol) can really, really help.Obviously talking to your doctor if you start experiencing these symptoms is a good idea as well 😉

I’m sure most of are already quite aware but just a little info from the dairy side 🙂 I’m not a doctor but I’ve probably calved in well over 1,000 cows!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ditto on the pornstar boobs. But fo me the engogement was very very painful. I can’t compare it to anything, but from the engorgement and the cracked nipples, I was walking around topless, and I had no relief. Abotu a week later I finally decided to pump all the milk out to relieve it ( I was hesitant to do so from the get go because the more you use the more you make), and that offered me the relief I needed.

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