Engorgement and oversupply occur when your breasts are making more milk that your baby currently needs. Engorgement and oversupply go hand in hand, with oversupply typically causing your breasts to become engorged; tender, hard to the touch and filled with milk.
Engorgement can make latching baby difficult and lead to issues like blocked ducts and mastitis if not properly managed. Oversupply often occurs in the first days and weeks of breastfeeding as your body and baby find their rhythm. You may notice that your breasts fill up very quickly and feel hard or lumpy between feeds and your baby may gulp and even gag at the start of their feeds. Oversupply will usually regulate naturally as your body adjusts to making the right amount of milk.
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