Recurring clogged milk duct

Erica - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions on how to avoid a recurring clogged duct ... I can't seem to permanently shake this one!

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Carrie - posted on 01/11/2009

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if it is recurring you can also try adding the suppliment lethicin to your diet.  not sure why it works, but it's supposed to reduce the incidence of clogs.

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I had this same problem for about 7 months!!! My lactation consultand recommended the same as Liz's above, and also recommended taking lecithin. You can find it with the vitamins in most grocery stores and it is completely safe for baby. It is found naturally in foods, but the supplement gives you that added boost to help keep the ducts from clogging. I take it every day and haven't had a problem since!

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Kayla - posted on 05/30/2013

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Hi, I just wanted to add to this post because I've had 4 months of non stop reoccuring clogged ducts that came every 2-3 days. I JUST found out they were caused something that was in my pre-natal vitamins. I had tried EVERYTHING that is listed above and nothing seemed to help. I ran out of my prenatals for 2 weeks, ordered them online and waited or them to come in. During that time, I have not had a single clogged duct. It is amazing. That was the one thing I thought for sure would be safe to take and it was the main thing that was causing my issues all this time. I was allergic to something in their formula. I was taking Garden of Life Raw Prenatals. I'm going to try and find a new one and hope they don't come back.

Monica - posted on 01/11/2009

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I was getting clogged ducts at least once a week. i started taking fenugreek seed capsules and I haven't had once since. It is suppose to help with milk flow. I take one pill a day everyday and if I feel something coming on I take an extra pill. Its worked like a charm,

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Lecithin is a natural supplement that is supposed to help break down fats (that is what my lactation consultant told me), and it really does work great!!!

Stacee - posted on 01/11/2009

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Also try a nursing bra that does not have an underwire.  I used all the techniques listed by the other mom and finally the underwire was the trick for me.

Erica - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks so much to all of you ... it's always nice to know you're not the only one experiencing something!



I switched to the football hold this morning on the sore side & her chin was pointing straight at the sore spot ... and wala! It's already feeling better.

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I had that a few times...all of the above advice helped, especially the hot showers and nursing the clogged duct breast until it was very empty, very soft. I would pick the "head" of the duct (it was right under the surface of the nipple) and squeeze the hardened milk out, then shower to open the pores, and do a deep massage of the breast, pressing my fingers into the sore tissue underneath the breast as well as on top, massaging into every sore knot until it loosened...it would feel like I had a bruise inside my breast. But after a massage it would clear up. This is what my lactation consultant recommended and it was great. I would also use the pump to unclog it. Good luck!

Kerryn - posted on 01/09/2009

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Watch how you are positioned when you are feeding.... make sure your bubs lips are flanged (flicked open) around the nipple..... check to see that you bra or clothing isn't tight or pushing in anywhere... including right up under your arm. Also, try changing the position you hold your bub in.... there are many different holds for feeding eg. football hold (your bub lies almost under your armpit and around up to your breast)...etc because even the way your babies mouth attaches to the breast can put pressure on particular ducts...so mixing up the positons can hellp if you are sensitive to infection...hope this helps....it did eventually stop them for me!

Kim - posted on 01/09/2009

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I was having trouble w/ clogged ducts the first 7 weeks with my 2nd baby. Warm showers or towels helped. Also pumping. I kept my baby girl nursing longer on the side where the duct was. Ibuprofen helps w/ the pain. They usually occur from the baby not emptying the breast at each feeding. Offer one side only for a longer period of time. I haven't had any problems since I started doing that.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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are you just breastfeeding or also pumping? i just pumped w/my 1st and kept having that problem...one thing that helped was cleaning the nipples w/peroxide & a cotton ball every once in a while...i guess w/the pumping the fats from the milk get caught in the creases...if they are clogged...massage in the shower w/some soap...w/my second i've been just nursing and usually only do 1 side at every feeding...that way they get empied as much as possible...

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