Clogged milk ducts...

Rhonda - posted on 03/21/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I think I have clogged ducts on one breast - it feels like there is a small pebble just below my skin and it is painful to the touch. I have been using the moist heat and nursing baby on that side for longer, until she indicates she is done. Any other suggestions?


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Christina - posted on 03/23/2009




I had one just the other week and I was in PAIN!!  I tried the warm washcloth and the massage, but it hurt too much.  So I took a HOT shower and let the water run on it.  Much to my surprise it was gone within minutes. Hope you are feeling better!

Julia - posted on 03/22/2009




As everyone mentioned, warm compress throughout the day and especially before you nurse. I had a clogged duct a few weeks ago. Make sure to also position the baby differently each time you nurse. One way that I read up on (which may sound strange) is to lay the baby on the floor on his/her back, then lean over on top of the baby for the baby to nurse.

Doing both of these things helped and I was better the next day.

Patricia - posted on 03/22/2009




its been a while since i brest fed but i thought i could help others seen i  did it for 2 years each child

i had this problem what i ued to do was have a walm bath and let the milk relese its self its more natral insted of pumping it out because u will produse more the next time as ur body will think the little one is needing morea warm compress will help during feeding it did me there are antibiotics as well for mostites i think  hope helps xxxx and that still dint stop me feeding keep ya chins up xxx

Amie - posted on 03/22/2009




Clogged ducts are awful, I suffer from a oversupply so my breasts get engorged frequently and I was getting a clogged duct once or twice a week.  I started taking a Lecithin supplement and I have only had one other clogged duct since.  

It has worked wonders for me.  You can read about it more on line.

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2009




Bump to the other two responses. Ontop of this when you are home and not expecting company dont be afraid to unleash "the girls" for a little while.  Also allowing warm water to run over them while showering can add some relief.  


If you do have a fever you should call your OB, LC, or dont want to get super sick from this.

Amber - posted on 03/22/2009




if you have a clogged duct, here is some relief for you! that means that you are producing more milk than you are expressing. try massaging the area and if you can, pump until you are empty. it will be painful, but relief will be around the corner. if you can locate a lactation consultant in your area, they will be very helpful. God love them! i am very close with my lactation consultant - there is a group i attend at my local hospital that is free and they offer free lunch! and i don't even breast feed anymore...

Samantha - posted on 03/22/2009




Do you have a fever?  If so, you may have mastitis (I think that's how its spelled).  Each one of my breasts clogged at different times with my son, and it was extremely painful.  My suggestion would be to keep a warm/hot towel on your breast while you are feeding, and when you child is finished, pump whatever remains in there.  That helped me a lot.  Hope you feel better

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