Breast engorgement is something many women have to go through. It is normal for your breasts to feel heavy or too full, and to feel warmer and grow in size after pregnancy. This happens because the milk flow comes in about 2 to 5 days post partum. You may feel a little uncomfortable and your breasts may feel a little warm when this happens for the first time- this is normal. You will soon get used to this, as this is what your normal fullness will be like. When your breasts are engorged, your nipples can get painful and stiff, and latching on for your baby becomes difficult.
To assess and compare the efficacy of cold cabbage leaves and hot and cold compresses in the treatment of breast engorgement. The study comprised a total of 60 mothers;30 in the experimental group and 30 in the control group. The control group received alternate hot and cold compresses and the experimental group received cold cabbage leaf treatment for relieving breast engorgement. The pre- and posttreatment scores of breast engorgement and pain were recorded. Both the treatments, i. Cold cabbage leaves as well as alternate hot and cold compresses both can be used in the treatment of breast engorgement.
Your breasts get filled up with so much milk, making it hard and painful because the milk is not being released. Instead of feeling soft, your areola will typically feel hard like your forehead , and the skin may appear shiny. Your nipple may increase in diameter and become flat and taut, which will make latching very hard.
This rarely lasts more than 24 hours. With normal fullness, the breast and areola the darker area around the nipple remain soft and elastic, milk flow is normal and latch-on is not affected. Engorgement typically begins on the 3rd to 5th day after birth, and subsides within hours if properly treated days without proper treatment. How does the breast feel? Engorgement may extend up into the armpit.