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How to Treat Breast Engorgement If You Are Bottle Feeding

If you are not going to be breastfeeding, you should not express a large amount of milk. The more breast milk you express, the more your body will think you need to produce, so it will continue to make more. The idea is to express just enough to relieve the pressure and make it more comfortable for you, but also an amount small enough that your body gets the message to stop producing.
 
During this time, do your best to keep your breasts cool and well supported. Applying cold compresses and/or clean cabbage leaves will serve two purposes: minimize new milk production and ease some of the soreness you are experiencing. Doing this should help with breast engorgement. The pressure and discomfort should go away in two to five days.
 
Cabbage leaves have been used for years to help ease breast engorgement, though the reason for their benefits (if there actually are any) are still unknown.
 

What About Pain Medicines?

Breast engorgement can cause discomfort or pain. Women can relieve this by taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®). Both medicines appear to be safe while breastfeeding and may help decrease the discomfort.
 
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