Clogged milk duct?! How to relieve?
Carla - posted on 10/04/2009
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.
Julia - posted on 10/04/2009
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.
Danielle - posted on 10/03/2009
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.
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