International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Nursing | India | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024 | Rating: 5.9 / 10

Breast Engorgement

Soibam Sushma Devi | Amandeep Kaur [57]

Abstract: Breast engorgement is a common issue during the early postnatal period, resulting from the synthesis and storage of breast milk, which causes swelling and pressure in the mammary glands. This condition can make breastfeeding challenging due to changes in nipple shape and breast rigidity. Inadequate breastfeeding practices and missed nursing sessions can exacerbate engorgement, leading to potential complications such as clogged milk ducts and mastitis. The National Family Health Survey highlights that breast engorgement is a prevalent cause of early breastfeeding cessation. It is crucial to adopt proper breastfeeding techniques to prevent engorgement, ensuring the well - being of both mothers and newborns. This article explores the etiology, clinical manifestations, prevention, and treatment of breast engorgement, emphasizing the importance of early intervention to promote successful breastfeeding.

Keywords: Breast engorgement, postnatal period, breastfeeding, mammary glands, lactation

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,

Pages: 1539 - 1541

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