Breast Engorgement - Symptoms
breast engorgement happen when the breasts produce and
fill with milk but little milk is removed from them. Milk overfills and
engorges the breasts.
If your breasts are engorged, you may notice
- Breasts are swollen, firm, and painful. If
severely engorged, breasts are very swollen, hard, shiny, warm, and slightly
lumpy to the touch.
- Your nipple may flatten out and the dark area
around the nipple, called the
areola, may be very hard.
- Your baby may have trouble latching on to
a flattened, hard nipple and may not be able to get enough milk
- If your baby is not able to get enough milk, he or she will
suck harder than usual during nursing and want to nurse more often.
- Your nipples may become damaged by your baby's efforts to latch on
well and get enough milk.
- You have a slight fever of around
lymph nodes in your armpits may be slightly swollen
Complications of engorgement
If you are
breast-feeding and don't relieve breast engorgement, you are likely to develop
one or both of the following:
Call your doctor now if you
- Increasing pain in one area of the
- Increasing redness in one area of the breast or red streaks
extending away from an area of the breast.
- Drainage of pus from the
nipple or another area of the breast.
- A fever of
101°F (38.5°C) or
Call your doctor today if you
- Swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck or armpit.
fever less than 101°F (38.5°C).
Call your doctor if you have cracked and bleeding nipples
after trying home treatment for 24 hours.
Blocked Milk Ducts and Breast-Feeding. And for more information, see the topic
Mastitis While Breast-Feeding.