Breast Engorgement

Below you will find more information about Breast Engorgement from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Breast Engorgement it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Breast Engorgement and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Breast Engorgement comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Breast engorgement is a condition in which the mammary glands contain too much milk that cannot be released.


The condition can be diagnosed by means of physical or self-conducted mammary exam by the lactating mother.


Breast engorgement can be treated by draining the milk from the breasts. This can be done by applying wet heat and massage before nursing to soften the lumps so that they can be released. Breast engorgement may lead to mastitis, or inflammation of the breast as well as plugged ducts that may cause infections when the condition is not treated.

Symptoms and Signs

Women who are suffering from breast engorgement usually feel pain in the breasts; the breasts may also swell and throb.


Breast engorgement is usually caused insufficient breastfeeding as well as clogged milk ducts.

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