What are Engorged breasts?

During the first period after delivery, the breasts are usually full, hard and warm; when that occurs it is said that the breasts are full of milk and the scientific term for that is breast engorgement or engorged breasts.

Breastfeeding & Breast Engorgement

For the first few days after giving birth, a new mother’s breasts remain tender and soft. Breast engorgement is normal but the extent and duration of it varies depending on the mother. Many women face a mild case of breast engorgement which is easy to deal with and that usually lasts around a day. However, engorgement for other mothers may be more severe and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Some moms produce a large quantity of milk early on, while other moms face the issue of swollen breasts; which is why the period of breast engorgement may seem more difficult for those moms and their babies. With the passing of time the breast adjusts and produces the appropriate quantity of milk for the baby.