Within the first two to three days after you have given birth, you may discover that your breasts feel swollen, tender, throbbing, lumpy, and overly full. Sometimes, the swelling will extend all the way to your armpit, and you may run a low fever as well.
Within 72 hours of giving birth, an abundance of milk will come in or become available to your baby. As this happens, more blood will flow to your breasts and some of the surrounding tissue will swell. The result is full, swollen, engorged breasts.
Not every postpartum mother experienced true engorgement. Some women's breasts become only slightly full, while others find their breasts to have become amazingly hard. Some women will hardly notice the pain, as they are involved in other things during the first few days.
Keep in mind, engorgement is a positive sign that you are producing milk to feed to your baby. Until you produce the right amount:
Engorgement will pass very quickly. You can expect it to diminish within 24 - 48 hours, as nursing your baby will only help the problem. If you aren't breastfeeding, it will normally get worse before it gets better. Once the engorgement has passed, your breasts will be softer and still full of milk.
During this time, you can and should continue to nurse. Unrelieved engorgement can cause a drop in your production of milk, so it's important to breast feed right from the start. Keep an eye for signs of hunger and feed him when he needs to be fed.
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Nurture-Elle Sizing Guide
We recommend that you simply order the size you are used to wear. If you are in between sizes, it's usually advisable to go up to the next size.
Si vous êtes entre deux tailles, vous pouvez commander la taille que vous êtes habituée à porter. Il est généralement conseillé de réduire à la taille suivante.