HELP!! Clogged milk duct at 7 months?

Tara - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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All day, my left breast has increasingly become more sore and tender... to the point I can barely touch it, or sometimes even more without pain. Can it be a clogged milk duct when I've been nursing for 7 months now? I've tried pumping twice, with at most 1/2 an oz, nursing as often as I can, massaging it, manually expressing (with no results) and a warm cloth. Is there anything else I could try?

Thanks!

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Tara - posted on 04/25/2010

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Thanks everyone! Before I went to bed last night I tried a warm/damp cloth twice, then a hot shower while massaging it. Helped until I went to sleep (lying on the other side!) but by 2:30am, ouch!!! BUT, that's when my daughter did her magic and everything finally worked out. Still tender today, but not the bowling ball it was last night! I'm still nursing as much as I can today, but at least I can move my arm without being in extreme pain!
Thanks again!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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try this from my lactation consultant, it worked for me. Get a cold leaf of cabbage put it in you bra covering your breast, it will cool down the site and something in the cabbage will break up the clots making it easier to pump or even for them to latch on. I know it seemed strange till I found it worked.

Charmaine - posted on 04/25/2010

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I got a clogged duct around 7 months too and it did rapidly become mastitis. NO FUN! Keep up with the nursing as much as possible, drink lots of fluids and lots of warm compresses. Get in to your doc asap if you get a fever or any flu-like symptoms. Good luck!

Meri - posted on 04/24/2010

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I put a scalding hot microwaved rice sock on my breast and massaged it while my son was nursing. I nursed him on that side about every hour. It was VERY painful but i got it out by the next day and didn't get an infection. Also my son loved the extra mommy time.

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