Sore truth of motherhood
What to do when breast-feeding becomes distressing.
Breast-feeding, like parenting, isn’t always a breeze, especially in the first few weeks after birth. It can be easy to forget at this time that, like all new skills, breast-feeding can take a while to learn and become really good at. Not all women may experience true engorgement or mastitis. If you do, however, it may really test your desire to breastfeed. At times you will feel that it isn’t worth it, and that breastfeeding is just not for you. With the help of your OB-GYN or lactation consultant, you can deal with these issues successfully.
A few days after the birth, the milk supply comes in. In some women this happens very quickly—often overnight—and their breasts may become swollen, hard, hot and painful. This is normal.
What can you do about engorged breasts?