When it comes to your child that depends on everything from you including her food, there is the huge sense of responsibility off the bat to give her what she needs. When you milk malfunctions it is so easy to beat up on yourself and feel like you have already failed as a mother. I have been feeling this way as I am dealing with a second engorged breast. BREAST BREAST BREAST
This is post about my one “milk dud.”
My sister-in-law went through this and I was well aware that with my vigorous milk supply this could be a good possibility for me. The first time we had guests come over to meet the baby. I went through her feeding hastily and ended too quickly. Sure enough, by the end of the visit, I had hard lumps forming and it was too late and I could not even extract any milk out. I tried feeding with Vivi to see if she could help but it only make for frustration for both of us and night with no sleep. At 11:30 pm I asked, or screamed and begged my husband go to the grocery store to get a cabbage which my sister-in-law told me worked for her. I did the cabbage leaves into the morning. It was about 6 am when my husband woke up and I broke down telling him I had a “milk dud” and that I didn’t think my breast would ever work again.
Of course I was wrong and engorgement, when treated properly should only last 24-48 hours. However, I did go though some inconsolable moments, feeling like a failure, all because of this breast that I have cursed.
The SECOND time this happened … it was all for 3 hours of sleep and I woke up with that same soreness and tightness that I had before.
Again I beat up on myself asking “how did I let this happen?” With very little sleep and the feeling of being drained Chester went out and got me 2 cabbages. And I love him all the more for it.
Cabbage Leaves Relief for Breast Feeding – This is what I did
- Using the outside of the cabbage leaves, cut the veins open with a knife but leaving the leaves intact for easy application.
- Place the cabbage leave on your engorged breast, place a washcloth over the top and take a hot shower or bath letting the warm water run over the leaf. Not too long – about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Right after, pump the breast for 2-3 minutes to see if you can extract any milk.
- If you are seeing that you have a good supply, offer to baby.
- If not, repeat the above until your supply comes back in.
- You can also follow with ice packs (I used a bag of corn) to help with swelling and relief. I recommend this part as you won’t have to deal with the feeling of a sore “pulsing” breast.
I had to do this 3-4 times until I was ready to use the engorged breast to my baby. However some women find they have extreme pain from their breast and from the nipple. I did not experience this with the nipple, so I may have gone through a more mild case.