(HealthDay News) - After giving birth, a woman's breasts can become large and swollen -- called engorged. This is caused by congestion of the blood vessels in the breast. When this happens, the nipples may not protrude to allow the baby to nurse.
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The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these suggested remedies:
- Try to feed often throughout the day -- at least eight times in a 24-hour period.
- Feed for at least 15 minutes at each sitting.
- If your breasts feel uncomfortable and you are unable to feed your baby, express your milk with a breast pump.
- Take a warm shower to soothe soreness.
- Apply a cool compress to reduce swelling and ease pain.
-- Diana Kohnle
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