Breast Engorgement - Treatment Overview
Breast engorgement is a common problem after birth and during breast-feeding.
You can prevent and treat it at home. You do not need to visit your doctor
unless you have symptoms of an infection (mastitis),
which may require antibiotic treatment.
If you are not going to
breast-feed, there currently is no safe medicine available for "drying up" your
breasts and preventing breast engorgement.
You can use self-care
measures to help prevent or relieve breast engorgement.
- If you are breast-feeding, self-care focuses on increasing the flow of milk out of
your breasts. You do this with frequent breast-feedings, making sure that your
baby is latched on well. You can expect some relief within 12 to 24 hours. And
the discomfort should disappear within a few days.
- If you are not breast-feeding, breast engorgement will improve
as your breasts stop producing milk. Pain and discomfort should go away in 1 to
5 days. You may find home treatment helpful for relieving symptoms.
For more information on self-care measures to help prevent
or relieve the discomfort of breast engorgement, see Home Treatment.