So, what is breast engorgement? Engorgement is when a mother experiences breast swelling that leads to painful, tender breasts.
This condition is often caused by an increase in blood flow and milk supply to the breasts, which is why it is very common during the first few days after giving birth. It can also occur within one to two weeks after giving birth or at any point while breastfeeding. While this is a fairly normal part of nursing, it can be uncomfortable and, occasionally, lead to other complications. Which is why breast engorgement management is key.
How long does engorgement last? Every woman is different and the amount of time the condition lasts can vary. Some experience mild symptoms for only one day, while others may have it for up to two weeks.
There are different reasons as to why women experience engorgement. The common causes are: 1,2
- Missing a feeding or pumping session
- Creating more milk than the baby eats
- Inadequate draining of milk (improper latching)