What is it?
Breast engorgement is swelling of the breast. It may happen when you start breastfeeding and can also happen when your baby misses a feed. Your breasts can feel firm, swollen and painful, making it hard for your baby to attach to the breast. To relieve symptoms, you can:
Breastfeed often and for as long as the baby will feed
Apply a cold cloth to the breast after breastfeeding
Take over the counter pain medication
If nothing helps, see your GP or a lactation consultant.