Postpartum: Milk Engorgement

Postpartum milk engorgement can be quite painful and frustrating. I just had a baby and I am speaking from first hand experience. I did not experience engorgement to this extent with my first child, so it was a new challenge for me.

My little guy is a great latcher and feeds around the clock. My milk came in much sooner this time around, on day three. However I was at the point of tears from being so engorged and uncomfortable, and on top of that, I became so full that my baby struggled to latch.

Thankfully my husband is a great support and helped me get through. He looked up ways to relieve the pain and help baby latch. I alternated cold compresses every 20 minutes, and when it was time to feed I did reverse pressure softening and massaged the milk down. I also took advil to help with the pain. Warm showers can help too, but be careful not to stand in too long, as it can actually release more milk. I would use warmth right before a feeding. I also used Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for my sore and cracked nipples.

The engorgement went into my lymph nodes which I was worried about, but I would massage it in the shower to help release the pressure. Thankfully I started to feel relief the next day and my day five I was back to normal, aside from my nipples being sore.

They also say cold cabbage can help, but I didn’t try it.

 

Have you experienced milk engorgement? What did you do to relieve it?

Pregnancy Headaches: Natural Relief

Pregnancy headaches can be tough. You are limited as to what you can take to alleviate them, yet they are one of the most common discomforts during pregnancy. For me personally, I have always suffered from migraines. During pregnancy, I actually get them more infrequently, but when I do get one it is bad.

I also seems to suffer from regular headaches more frequently, especially at the end of the second trimester. There are some things that could be triggering headaches such as: lack of sleep, low blood sugar, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal – this is a toughie for me!, and stress. And during the third trimester you are carrying all that extra weight so your posture can cause tension in you muscles, leading to a headache.

There are a few things that have helped me get through, which were recommended to me by my midwife. was suffering from a very bad migraine for a week. I had tried my usual hot shower, cold compress and even taken medication. But nothing helped. She recommended I try acupuncture, a chiropractor, or a prenatal massage.

A prenatal massage was very helpful in the moment of the headache, as I was able to relax, get some relief and sleep. The chiropractor also helped a lot and helped relieve my headache all together. It was amazing. I had heard about how it can change your life if you suffer from migraines but as always hesitant. It is scary to have someone cracking you! But it leaves you feeling refreshed and energized and really helped my headache. I think this is what finally helped relieve my pain.

I am way to freaked out by needles to try acupuncture, but I have heard this is also very helpful. let me know if you have tried it, I am dying to know how it helped pregnant mamas.

Of course talk to your doctor about medications and supplements you can take to help relieve and prevent headaches. And if your headaches also lead you to having blurry vision, sudden weight gain, pain in the upper right abdomen, or swelling call your doctor immediately as these could be signs of something more serious.