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Reverse Pressure Softening


Reverse pressure softening is used when breast tissue engorgement is making deep attachment difficult. By moving the excess fluid (not milk) away from around the areola just prior to feeding, a better latch can be achieved.

Lie on your back and commence firm, gentle pressure as shown in the illustrations below (by Kyle Cotterman) for about a minute at a time. Feed baby as soon as the required softening has been achieved as the fluid will return quite quickly.