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1 engorged breast- baby 4 months old Lock Rss


My 4 month old is begining to sleep longer at night now (yahoo!) but I still wake up (after about 8 hours since feeding my baby) and have to express in the night because my left breast is full, hard and painful. It still leaks as well. Is there anything I can do to help this so I get to make the most of my baby sleeping through the night?

Thank you for your enquiry. You could try feeding off this breast last so that it doesn’t fill as much and feed more from your right breast during the day so that this breast can fill a bit more. Leaking breasts will continue especially if your baby is going a long time between feeds. At six months your baby will start solids and gradually the number of breast feed will reduce. Please discuss your concerns with your Early Childhood Health Centre for ongoing support.

Best wishes,

NSW Midwives Association
Note: This information is not designed to replace that of your health professional.
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