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Breast engorgement commonly occurs one to seven days after giving birth. This condition typically results when breast milk comes in rapidly after giving birth and is not expressed quickly enough or when your normal breastfeeding routine is interrupted. It often leaves your breasts feeling uncomfortable or painful, firm, and warm to the touch.
What Is Breast Engorgement?
What Causes Engorged Breasts?
- Shortly after giving birth, milk comes in rapidly and is not expressed quickly enough. There is also breast tissue swelling that occurs early, which can worsen this early engorgement.
- When your normal breastfeeding routine is interrupted and you cannot nurse or pump like usual.
- When weaning your baby off the breast, you stop suddenly and don't give your body the time to adjust slowly.
- If your baby's demand for breast milk drops suddenly due to illness or the rapid increase of solid foods in their diet.