clogged duct/mastitis

Lauren - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I believe I have a clogged milk duct and I don't want it to turn into mastitis (if it hasn't already). My right boob is really sore and there is a pink patch on it. It has been sore since Wednesday night and today is the first time it has been pink. The other two times I had mastitis I had flu like symptoms and felt really bad. This time, other than my boob being sore, I feel fine. What should I do? I read nursing is good but we are down to about 5-6 feedings per day and I only feed on one side each time. So if we follow our normal routine, I have already feed on the right side twice and will only feed on it one more time today.

Any tips?

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I had this happen before, and talked to a consultant- her suggestion was- take a hot shower and try to massage the hurt one, also try to have baby nurse that side more- it seems like as you are massaging it hurts more, but it will go away if you work on it- as long as you don't get a fever you are probably mastitis free- also take an ibuprofin... Hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2009

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I would always take a hot shower then use the heating padin the sore area, then use an electric pump and make a fist and work that part of the breast. I would usually get a good flow out of the duct and wait an hour or so and do the heating pad and pump again. You know what I always got one from was wearing an underwire push-up style bra. I hope this helps you

Tatham - posted on 05/21/2009

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i had a cologged duct a week ago..i took a hot bath and massaged that area to express some of the milk out, then nursed my son..it hurt alot, considering the duct was like rock hard..but by 5 the next morning it released...

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If you wear a tight bra or undershirt, I suggest losing it for awhile! The under wire in mine caused it a lot. Also if you have a breast pump, use it to remove and completely empty the milk from that breast. It will help remove the blockage, while doing that if you massage the area where it's blocked toward your nipple it will help too. It will hurt, but in the end it will go away.

Becca - posted on 05/21/2009

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HEATING PAD!!! all the time, especially while nursing. i get clogged all the time and its the only thing that really helps.

Becca - posted on 05/21/2009

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HEATING PAD!!! all the time, especially while nursing. i get clogged all the time and its the only thing that really helps.

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