What do I do if my breasts are always full and heavy?
Breast tenderness disappears on its own within a month or two after delivery. It can be more severe and persist for longer if mothers have a large milk supply. If the breasts are so full and uncomfortable that mothers need to do something, they can try breastfeeding whenever the baby is hungry, then massaging the breasts using a bit of cooking oil followed by green cabbage compresses. If mothers are still uncomfortable and feel they need to express milk to relieve the pain, they should express only as much milk as is needed to feel comfortable. Emptying the breast by expressing may increase the milk supply and may make things worse. If mothers have frequent or severe complications from full breasts, they may need to decrease their milk supply.