Post-Pregnancy Body Changes

Breast Engorgement

When: Two to five days after delivery

Why: Until your system determines how much milk you need to produce and when, your breasts might swell and feel rock hard. "Most women can tell when their milk comes in," Dr. Sole says. "Your breasts might feel like foreign objects attached to your body." To prevent pain, wear a supportive bra, both during the day and at night, Dr. Sole recommends. Also, nurse your child on demand, applying cold cabbage leaves (their shape can conform to your breasts); when necessary, pump out excess milk. For moms who opt not to breastfeed, avoid any nipple or breast stimulation, she suggests. And to help compress your breasts, apply cold compresses, which help stunt milk production, and wear a sports bra.

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