DS2 (7 weeks) has just come out of a few days' growth spurt where he was feeding loads. One boob has become more engorged than the other (like porn star proportions) to the point where DS2 now doesn't want to feed from it and gets stressed and frustrated (as well as a face covered in milk) if I put him on there. (If I put him on the other side first then he will feed a little from the engorged side afterwards, but not enough to relieve the pressure.)
The boob is now getting quite sore and lumpy and I don't want to end up with mastitis. Not sure what I should be doing -- should I express from that side (think I could feed half the county) or will that just make matters worse? Any other ideas?
sorry to step in express now but also express from the other side other wise the engorged breast will start to produce more milk than the other side and you may end up like i did with one perminantly a lot bigger than the other and i got mastitus because my son would no longer feed from the engorged side. x
I called the La Leche League helpline when I was engorged. They were really helpful, I recommend calling them.
LLL breastfeeding helpline - 0845 120 2918
You do need to make sure you are expressing or feeding on the engorged side unfortunately. You need to look out for a red line or rash - if you see this this could be mastitis and you need to get to the Dr. I found having a hot bath and gently expressing helped, but this might have been because I had a blocked duct.
The traditional remedy is cabbage leaves in your bra. I haven't tried it for BFing but used it on a very sore throat years ago and it did give me some relief, so I reckon definitely worth a try to relieve the pain. If you have a choice, from memory I think it's organic white cabbage they use in herbal medicine?