My breasts are swollen, hard, heavy, and tender.

If your breasts feel swollen, hard, heavy and tender, then they’re engorged.

As milk changes from colostrum to mature milk in the days after delivery, breast tissues may swell, and it can be difficult for the milk to be removed from the breast due to the swelling.

Breast massage, hand expression, or ice packs on the breasts help to reduce the discomfort and swelling.

Feeding your baby frequently keeps the milk flowing during this time, and you will feel more comfortable in 24-48 hours. If you feel feverish or have a hot red spot on your breast, or if your baby is not able to latch and remove milk, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.