how to spot clogged ducts?

Regina - posted on 07/02/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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what are the signs of clogged ducts and what do i do about them? My breasts are hot, sore, and not emptying. sometimes when my LO is nursing i get sharp pains clear to my back. anyone else have these problems, and what did you do to get rid of them?

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Amanda - posted on 07/02/2011

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Could be cracked nipples or mastitus. I would go to the doctor and get it checked out, you may need antibiotics

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Mia - posted on 07/02/2011

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You'll notice a bit of a lump, may/may not be tender. My baby nurse recommends massaging the lump out, best to do in shower. I got them a bit with both my boys and got mastitis twice both around the same time for both but knew what i was looking for with baby two so i got onto the meds & wasn't as sick. I would get the red spots on the boob with the mastitis & was sore to feed off. Blocked ducts can start out that way also which they did for me and was able to masage them out but not always. Sometimes the milk can even be off in colour from the boob you've got the mastitis in. i found once you're supply is established you don't get as many but there's always the risk of them. I didn't get those sharp pains though, sorry. Good luck, go visit a lactation consult or baby nurse they're great help with this, well mine was anyway. All the best!

Regina - posted on 07/02/2011

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i considered mastitus but there is no redness or flu-like symptoms. My nipples seem fine also

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