Mothers who bottle-feed may still notice engorgement or evidence of milk production despite medication administered in the hospital. This normal response is due to hormonal changes that occur at the time of birth. Your body will stop milk production without need for further medication. The following hints may be helpful if you are uncomfortable:
- Wear a good support bra (even at night).
- Avoid stimulation to the nipple, such as showers aimed at chest.
- Burp the baby on the knees rather than across the chest.
- Apply ice packs to the breast for an hour three to four times a day.
- Take Tylenol for discomfort every four hours as needed.