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How do I releive engorged breasts from breastfeeding

and increase my milk flow/supply

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:49 AM on Nov. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well, if you're engorged, there's no problem with your supply...to relieve the engorgement would be obvious IMO, feed your baby, pump & store, hand-express...if you don't want to keep the milk (which would be dumb considering you're asking how to up your supply) you can stand in the shower with warm water running over your breasts...but the best thing would be to nurse your baby, that's the best thing for engorgement.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:53 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • I've never had too bad of a problem with engorgement, but i read somewhere that cold cabbage leaves work, or warm tea bags on the nipples. :-)
    KingKai0517

    Answer by KingKai0517 at 12:58 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Hot shower on your boobs.
    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 1:19 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • It's supply and demand.
    So nurse-nurse-nurse!!!
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 2:28 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Do not use cabbage leaves they will lead to a drop in supply. As others have noted if you are engorged you are not having a supply issue. What exactly is the problem? How old is baby? How often is baby nursing? etc etc.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:02 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Breastfeed/pump when your breasts are engorged. That is the only way to relieve engorged breasts and it will help increase milk supply. As the more you breastfeed/pump the more milk will come down as the baby needs it. A warm compress can help as well, but breastfeeding/pump is the only sure fire way to remedy that.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:17 PM on Nov. 9, 2009

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