new mom breastfeeding help clugged ducts??

Shanita - posted on 08/09/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi my lil girl is now a month old and doesnt like to latch on to my left breast. Ive been pumping my left breast for about three weeks now and now it feels like my ducts are clogged. Its tender to touch and when i pump very lil comes out. Help any suggestion ive tried hot shower didnt work now im ot to the heat pad.

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Ellie Richardson - posted on 08/09/2012

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I would ask a doctor. Sometimes I think if its tender and hurts when you touch it I would give it a day or so. Let it get a break and then proceed with the regular . I remember when I was breast feeding my nipples got really chapped and were crazy sensitive and in pain. The things we do for our little ones. Gotta love em..

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Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2012

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you can try hot compresses followed by cold, or massaging the area affected.Get your little one to feed off that side first, as painful as it can be. Apparently putting a cabbage leaf in your bra help (not enturely sure why :-/ ). If you get flu like symptoms go straight to your dr. I have 1st hand experience of this. By the time my second daughter was a day shy of 6weeks, id had 4 lots of antibiotics for recurrant mastitis, then ended up in surgery under general anaesthetic having a massive breast abcess drained. It doesnt usually get that far if its spotted early. i was failed by drs & lactation people here in the uk. Do you have lactation people you can turn too, like Le leche league? good luck chick :)

Shanita - posted on 08/10/2012

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Ali its hard to rest when theres so much to do! Then i had a csection with her so if i dont move enough gas builds up and it hurts really bad!

Shanita - posted on 08/10/2012

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Thanks hopefully when i try it will work...but the heating pad seemed to help a lil.

Ali - posted on 08/10/2012

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As others are saying....hot showers or baths as many times a day as you can. Massage all the time and really try to get baby to latch on that breast. For me, I was getting clogged ducts every 5 weeks. Finally I tried the supplement lechitin and it works. You can take it (1200 mg pill) 3-4x a day. For me I take it after breakfast and dinner But if I feel a Clog Coming on I also take it at lunch. You also MUST REST and reduce stress. Forget about laundry and cleaning and just take care of you and baby girl. Get friends or family to help if needed. You might need to see doc
If it gets hot, red, really painful or you get a fever or flu symptoms. Then you will need antibiotics likely. Good luck!! Hang in there!!

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2012

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I had this problem for the first time a few weeks ago and I expressed the milk and massaged as much as I could stand, but it didn't help with the clog, my breast continued to become tender after each feeding/pumping. I looked up a lot of info and eventually found someone who had advice that worked: Take a hot shower, as hot as you can stand, and massage the breast. Don't be gentle, you've really got to be firm. I massaged above, on and below the area that felt engorged. The milk that comes out may have a yellow or red tinge to it, don't be alarmed. Continue hand expressing while you massage. I probably massaged for a good 10 minutes straight, but my clog was gone and didn't come back. Hope this helps.

Lori - posted on 08/09/2012

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It sounds like you may indeed have a plugged duct. If it turns red and you develop a fever you need to seek medical assistance for mastitis.

To help unclog the duct, try massaging the sore area while you pump. The more often you empty the breast the better off you'll be. See if you can get your baby to latch at all onto that side. If you can position her chin towards the sore spot that would be best, but any position you can get her to latch onto that side will be helpful. You could also try the heating pad right before you pump and massage. And if the pump isn't working well, and baby won't latch, you should try hand expression.

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