blocked milk duct..... very painful how can I get the pain to go away?

Julie - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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i have been BF for 6 months now and have not had any pain or sore nipples or anything until a few days ago i had pain in my left breast, i went to dr he said its a blocked milk duct and told me to take Ibeprofine to help it out but it isnt working at all anyone have any ideas how to help???????

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Heather - posted on 07/20/2010

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I had this problem 3-4 times. No fun! Nurse baby on that side first, and try using a different position. If the blocked duct is above your nipple, try using a football hold position, as that drains those ducts more efficiently. Massage the sore area toward your nipple as baby nurses. It also helps if before you nurse you use a warm compress on your breast and massage a little bit from the outside of the blocked duct toward your nipple. Whenever you shower, use the warm water to your advantage,and you can even manually express a little milk to try to drain the clog.

Also- I had one develop into mastitis, so watch for signs of that- reddening of the area, flu-like symptoms, etc, and see your doctor again if you start to have those, as you'll need an antibiotic to treat it.



Good luck!!!!

Brooke - posted on 07/20/2010

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I kept getting blocked ducts for a while. I did the warm compresses before each feed and massaging towards the nipple did help. Another trick I tried - that finally did work it out -- was laying the baby on her back and getting on all fours above her to nurse. Gravity helps it break loose. My husband laughed everytime he saw us do this but it did work!

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Dorothy - posted on 07/22/2010

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the same thing happened to me a couple of times. i found the best thing was heat. put a warm compress on your breast for 10-20 minutes before nursing... it helped tremendously!! good luck!

Kayleigh - posted on 07/20/2010

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I had this problem too, right around the time my son was 6 months, it had been there for awhile though, and had developed into a solid lump in my breast. I was terrified and it became very painful until I was forced to see a general surgeon to have it drained. Thankfully, it didn't get infected, but ibeprofin didn't work for me either and they were trying to tell me nothing could be done until I weaned my son. I got a second opinion, seen the GS, and was able to feed my son right afterwards. It was bruised, but I felt such a relief, and once the major clog was cleared, my son was able to get out the rest. Hot compresses help very little, and massage is barely better, but a hot shower while expressing milk definately seemed to help the most. Good Luck!

Sandra - posted on 07/20/2010

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I was put on Ibuprofen while beastfeeding and it did not agree with me or baby. As far as blocked duct maybe you will need an antibiotic to clear it. You can massage while the baby is feeding or use hot compresses to get the flow of milk going. Total sympathy as i have had this twice. good luck!

Catherine - posted on 07/20/2010

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I was told to to let baby feed often and use a warm flanel and massage the affected area before and after a feed. Hope it helps.

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