However, your breasts eventually stop producing milk if you don’t use it or nurse your baby with produced breast milk. Engorged breasts can be treated at home.
Symptoms of Breast Engorgement
Symptoms of breast engorgement are as follows:
- Slightly tender and swollen lymph nodes in your armpits
- A slight fever
- Flattened nipples, dark discoloration around the nipples, firm areola
- Swollen, painful, and firm breasts
When your breasts are severely engorged, you may also experience hard, shiny, warm, and slightly lumpy breasts.
Causes of Breast Engorgement
After childbirth, your breasts produce milk that needs to be emptied regularly. When you don’t nurse your child, the breast milk builds up in your breasts. It can cause heaviness in your breasts. Also, they can get firm and swollen.
Your breasts may not produce enough milk for the first three to five days after delivery. You may experience engorgement for the first time in the first or second week after childbirth.
Certain conditions or situations may cause the symptoms related to breast engorgement such as:
- Difficulty with latching and sucking
- Creating an overabundance of milk for the baby’s appetite
- Weaning too quickly
- Feeding formula milk between nursing sessions, which keeps the baby full, not wanting the breast milk later
- Skipping a pumping session
- Not emptying breasts even if you don’t plan to breastfeed
- Nursing a baby that’s ill
- Missing a feeding