Milk excess

Milk production goes into full swing in the first few days after a baby’s birth. The baby does not initially take all the milk, however, and in consequence too much is left in the breast. Accumulation of milk can also occur later on during breast feeding. The woman experiences a full, tight, sometimes painful feeling in one or both breasts. Hard places in the breast indicate swellings of the lactiferous glands. The symptoms are usually reduced by beginning each feed with the breast containing more milk, and allowing the baby to suck from this breast until it is completely empty. Slight massage with extended fingers towards the nipple helps to empty the breast. Care must be taken over hygiene because there is a greater risk of mastitis when milk has accumulated there.

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