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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 10:38 AM   1
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sore boobs from milk coming in, HOW to stop it?


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i'm bottle feeding and have really sore boobs due to y milk starting to come in. i dont see MW until tomorrow now (was ok when saw her earlier). what/how did you do to ease it when your milk came in IF you were only bottle feeding???

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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 13:37 PM   2
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hi there's no real way to stop this the only thing that you can do is take paracetamol to ease the pain, you may also get a bit of a temperature but this will all subside in about 2-3 days. You may also wish to try ice cold cabbage leaves in your bra this will ease it too. Don't take a hot bath as some may suggest or try to express any as this will make it ten times worse. I've been through this twice now and had been breast feeding one of the times and had just stopped the second time. It's awful and really unpleasant but will pass eventually. good luck x



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 15:26 PM   3
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as above
one thing they never told me to expect btw is that when your milk comes in you can get severe hot and cold flashes, seriuosly i was worried i had got somekind of infection or something, one minute i was hugging a fresh pizza box covered with blankets and wearing OH's jumper and the next i would be thowing off the blankets and the jumper sweating like a pig.
thought i was really ill , lol. i called the mw at the labour ward coz it was really late in the evening and she said "ah yes that can happen when your milk comes in..."
why wasnt i told ??? lol
maybe its one of those things they dont advertise or was everyone else aware of this and i just missed the memo or something ?

the sore boobs and flashesonly lasted a day or 2 for me though



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 17:28 PM   4
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It only lasted 3-4 days for me but mine really hurt, the only thing that helped was wearing a bra continuously for these days even when sleeping.



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 00:09 AM   5
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My MIL told me to wear a sports bra and wrap a tensor type bandage around my boobs.

I've read putting your bra in the freezer can help too.

Can't say what works for me personally, I didn't have any issues with this sort of stuff!



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 00:40 AM   6
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You just gotta kinda let it take it's course. Engorged breasts can hurt really bad. I just made sure I wore bras all the time as they were most comfortable that way. Try to prevent putting warm/hot water on your breasts when showering too, as that will increase milk production, making it take even longer for your breasts to settle down. I took some Tylenol for the pain.



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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 07:05 AM   7
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thanks everyone, i dont recall it being this bad with other 2! i've spoken to MW today and she is sure it is just my milk coming in and not infection but need keep an eye on it.

(i've had the hot/cold and aches most of night!)



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 10:53 AM   8
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my sympathies are with you i remember those hold n cold flushes just as if it were a fever. It'll be over soon. Isn't it just a man's world!!!!



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 13:44 PM   9
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Mine lasted about a week, It hurt that much I'd be lying on the floor sobbing in pain, I couldn't get up as it hurt so bad, my OH was helpless, he didn't know what to do apart from cuddles

Wearing a sports bra and taking pain killers was suggested to me, and as others have said avoid hot baths or showers xx



 
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