Engorgement is fairly common in the first few days after delivery as your milk
begins “coming-in”. It is when the breasts become very overfull
and tender and is caused by the increased blood supply to the breasts that comes
as the milk production changes from colostrum to mature milk. I advise frequent
feeding until the engorgement settles down, which takes a couple of days.
It can sometimes be difficult for a baby to attach onto an overfull breast.
You can hand express some milk off first to soften the breast to make this attachment
easier. Then, to combat the tenderness, my top tip would be to take a lovely
green (the greener the better!) cabbage leaf from the fridge and pop it in your
bra. It might sound weird, but the cool leaf provides brilliant relief! There
aren’t any strict instructions but I normally recommend putting them in
for about 20 minutes a few times a day, be it after each feed or whenever they
feel they need it, it’s up to you!