Particularly in the beginning, when your milk comes in, the breast may swell and feel painful. But don’t worry! Over time, your milk production adapts to the needs of your baby.
The following tricks will help you find some relief:
- Feed your baby from one breast only and gently express milk from the other breast with your hand until the pressure subsides. You should be aware that if you do not express the milk gently enough or if you pump it, this will stimulate your milk production! During the next feeding session, you should offer your baby the other breast.
- If too much milk starts coming out at once, lean far back while breastfeeding, so that your baby needs to suck against gravity.
- Place soothing cold cottage cheese compresses or cold packs on your breast.
- Peppermint tea and sage tea hamper the production of breast milk.