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To relieve engorgement:

  • Feed your baby frequently from birth, without limiting sucking time.
  • Take your bra off completely before beginning to breastfeed.
  • Avoid giving other fluids.
  • Wake your baby for a feed if your breasts become full and uncomfortable.
  • Use warmth before feeds.
  • Express a little before feeds if baby has trouble latching and staying on.
  • Massage the breast gently while you are feeding.
  • If necessary, express after feeds.
  • Use cold packs after a feed to keep you feeling comfortable.
  • Careful use of cool washed cabbage leaf compresses.
Ask your medical adviser or hospital staff about pain relief if required.
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