My baby is 2 days old. I am exclusively breastfeeding but now my breast are engorged and baby can't nurse it all out. I kinda want to leave them alone and just nurse on demand/every 3 hours but I'm afraid I'll lose my supply. If I pump/self express, won't it just prolong the engorgement? I'm at such a lost.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:06 PM on Jun. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Encourage frequent nursing, every 3 hours is not enough (expect a minimum of 10 times in 24 hours the first few weeks). This will help you get over the engorgement and bring in a good milk supply. Avoid pumping if you can, it will stimulate an oversupply of milk (you should not expect to be engorged the first few months like on PP said, that usually means you have an oversupply.
Really good info on how to handle this initial engorgement, including how to get baby latched on when you are so full at Engorgement
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