How long does engorgement last when stopping breastfeeding?

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asked Sep 5 in Baby/Newborn by aviersmit (1,110 points)
How long does engorgement last when stopping breastfeeding?

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answered Sep 5 by Minmocatfood (4,800 points)
Engorgement usually lasts for 5 to 10 days when you stop breastfeeding.

Some mothers need to go from one feed a day to one feed every few days to avoid engorged breasts, before stopping breastfeeding altogether.

It's normal for the breasts to be engorged but the engorgement usually only lasts for 5 to 10 days.

Breastfeeding does reduce the risk of cancer.

Breastfeeding your baby actually benefits the mother as well as breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of breast cancer in the mother.

Research shows mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer.

Breastfed babies are indeed more fussier than formula fed babies which is normal.

Breastfed babies do normally gain weight a bit slower than formula fed babies which is normal.

In breastfed babies this irritability is natural, and although formula-fed babies may appear more content and be easier to pacify, breast is still best.

Breastfed babies have a tiny head start in weight gain shortly after birth, but their overall weight gain in the first year is typically slower than formula-fed babies.  

Foods you should avoid or not eat when you are breastfeeding include, highly processed foods, fish that is high in mercury, fatty foods, foods with sugar such as cookies, cakes etc.

Also while breastfeeding avoid drinking any alcohol, caffeine and most herbal supplements.

Limit fatty foods and foods that are high in sugar (cookies, cakes).

Be aware that what enters your body may pass into your breast milk.

Limit the amount of fish that may contain mercury, such as shark and swordfish.

Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any medicines.

You can eat most other foods while breastfeeding and drink cows milk or other milks.

And some of the best foods you can eat when breastfeeding include.

Avocados. Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse for nursing moms.

Beans and Legumes.


Green Leafy Vegetables.

Red and Orange Root Vegetables.


Chia Seeds.
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answered Sep 6 by 234numberone (3,740 points)
After you stop breastfeeding the engorgement of the breast should go away within 5 days or 10 days.

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