Clogged milk duct?! How to relieve?

Tara - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I think I have a clogged milk duct. My breast is very hard and achy in one area and will not be relieved no matter how much I pump or try to feed my baby. What can I do to get some relief?

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Julia - posted on 10/04/2009

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I've told many moms about my trick. I just hope it works for you too. Throw a wet towel in the dryer. Leave it in there just long enough to get hot but still wet. Put the wet towel directly on your breasts. If it is too hot you can wait for it to cool down some. Keep it there until the edges of the towel just start to cool off. Have baby handy because you're going to need him/her there right away. When you are ready to take the towel off, lay down on the bed with the baby. Make sure you are laying on the non-affected side (or if both are clogged you can switch around). You want whichever breast is clogged up, yes up not down. i.e. Your right breast has the clogged duct so you lay on your left side with your right breast off of the bed. Now rotate your body so that the baby latches onto the affected side. Gravity is now helping to draw the milk out. It might take a few tries before it works.

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Desiree - posted on 10/04/2009

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Also you may be sore to the touch for a few days after the plug is relieved

Kristin - posted on 10/04/2009

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massage massage...have u noticed a white raised like dot on the nipple...it hurts like hell but try to squeeze it a bit and definatley hot shower also maybe try pumping a bit too...just dont let it go too long call the doc!

Carla - posted on 10/04/2009

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Take ibuprofen for the pain and swelling and try to get your baby to nurse with the chin at the same side as the clogged duct (this may require some strange positions, lying down may be best) or try laying baby on the floor/bed and leaning over and feed from above, gravity will help matters. If you get flu symptoms go to your doc for antibiotics. A hot towel over the breast may help, or try hand expressing in a hot bath ot shower.

Desiree - posted on 10/03/2009

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Along with the hot shower & massage, you can use hot comnpresses. Also, feed the baby on the side with the clogged duct, point the babies nose in the direction of the clogged duct if possible.

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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if you're having flu like symptoms too it could be mastitis, which can only be taken care of by prescription meds.
If not, then a hot shower or bath-soak your breasts if you do the bath

Danielle - posted on 10/03/2009

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get in a nice hot shower, when your breast is warmed up start to express while massaging the blocked area then once you get out feed your baby while massaging the blockage, if that doesn't work then call your doc or a lactation consultant before it turns to mastitis.

good luck

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