Plugged Milk Gland Duct, HELP!!!!

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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So, I have had plugged ducts before, but they were always in the right breast. The first one I got took me like a week or more to get rid of and when I did, it had been in there so long that it bled when it finally came out. Now, in the right breast, any time I get them again, I can get my son to get them out in about a day.



Now, I have one in the Left breast (for the first time) and it really hurts and I cannot get it out. I have had it for about 3 days already. I have tried hot showers, warm compresses, massaging the breast, I feed him on that side first so that he sucks harder, i have tried switching him positions while eating and what not.



I am going crazy, because it hurts so bad and I just wanna get rid of it. ANY TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

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Tania - posted on 06/29/2009

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I feel for you and pray that you resolve this pain quickly. I had mastitis with my 3rd daughter and it was excrutiating and I have never felt so much pain. I found what worked the best for me was to warm one of those bean bags (warm compresses) and place it directly on my breast just before and during feeding of my daughter. Good luck and God Bless! Tania

Deanna - posted on 06/24/2009

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jeanylie is right. i tried ice packs and a cold cabbage leaf aside from the hot water directed at the sore spot. works.

Amy - posted on 06/24/2009

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When I had a plugged duct, the nurses at the NICU told me to stay away from cheese or anything that had fat in it. Since everything you eat gets into your breastmilk, the fats will also get in there & can cause the blocked ducts.

Michele - posted on 06/24/2009

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Had the same problem. Finally had to stop feeding to dry up my milk because the pain was too intense. An infection developed and I figured it wasn't good for the baby. Keep an eye on infection symptoms - red, itchy, drainage (not milk), etc. I know this probably doesn't help, but hang in there.

Tia - posted on 06/24/2009

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Call the doctor and tell them what is going on!!! If hot showers or compresses are not working, they may know something else!!!! Will pray for you!!! Tia

Samantha - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had it a couple of weeks ago and I know the pain. I had a white dot or what looks like a pimple and phoned a bf consult. she told me to sterilize a needle and gently go around the white spot. It opened up ducts and felt better. Also, recently I used a warm face towel. Im thinking it may have been the bra I was wearing and the positioning of my 9 months old who seems too be biting ( no teeth) a lot lately. Hope you get better

Lindsey - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had these everyday for 3 months b/c I wasn't getting drained properly!! What worked for me was using a "moist" heat pad. Put it in the microwave and get it as hot as you can take it. Then after that use a cold pack. I took Motrin for the inflammation. I'd also put him on that side everytime and try to pump as often as I could. A lactation consult. told me not to massage too hard b/c you can damage the breast tissue. One secret I found was that when I looked at the nipple, sometimes I could see a white dot that i could pick off and sometimes that was the clog and the milk would come out. Hope this helps.

Bernadette - posted on 06/24/2009

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I have felt your pain! It does hurt! I had this for the first time last year with my second child and it really scared me. I took Tylenol for the pain, which helped some and did all the things you are already doing. I also used my pump and/or nursed hourly until it went away. That seemed to help the most. I hope you get better soon!

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009

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Yeah, he is sleeping for 9-11 hours at night right now, and I try to wake up in the middle of the night to pump....it is just hard to get up from a dead sleep to pump...so I know why I am getting them....they just hurt!!!

Audrey - posted on 06/23/2009

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I have plugged duct very often if baby is not latch on for more than 5hours. Allow the baby to suck on the affected breast as long as possible. Sometime baby refuse to suck on the affected side since the milk duct is blocked. Best time to do it is before bed time since baby love to suck for comfort. It works for me!! Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2009

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I just got rid of a plugged duct in less than a day, I looked up way to relieve it and tried the massage but it was a bit different than I expected...I just put as much pressure as I could handle pushing towards the nipple you just keep moving it closer and closer to the nipple pushing pretty hard. My breast was sore for a while but anything is better than a plugged duct!!

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009

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Yes, the joys of motherhood......

I have a pump, and I try using it in between feedings to also help!!!

Stina - posted on 06/23/2009

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Do you have a pump? When I had clogged ducts with baby #2 it hurt terribly to even nurse her so I pumped and massaged and used warm compress... Goodluck. hope you find relief soon.

Elisabeth - posted on 06/23/2009

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You could contact the Le Leche League. They have fabulous advice on breastfeeding problems.

Jeanylle - posted on 06/23/2009

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Switch between ice packs or frozen veggies and hot showers. It takes a while but be consistent, it will come..The joys of motherhood right??

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