I have a doe that has udder edema every time she kids. She just kidded her fourth time, again with udder edema. Background: It's not mastitis, CAE related or meaty udder, it's definitely udder edema. By the end of the first week after freshening she is milkable, and by now, 3 and a half weeks fresh, her udder is almost completely soft. She also has had weak contractions the last two freshenings, making delivery difficult. My questions: 1. Could the udder edema and the weak contractions somehow be related? 2. I've researched this online ad nauseum, and it's suppose to present in does that are heavy milkers. She has never been a good milker. I'm wondering if by the time I get the milk really flowing (usually about one week after kidding) the production has been lost due to simply not being able to get the milk out? Or, if she really is genetically a good milker, should the production rebound after the edema is gone? 3. Has anyone any experience with milking a doe with udder edema before she kids? About a week before she kids the udder edema is evident. Thanks for any help!