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Victoria - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I wasn't able to breastfeed my first child and I am trying to stick with it with my second child who is 3 weeks old. One of my breasts is really plugged up and I am still feeding him on it, putting heat and massaging out the lumps. But I don't think it's expressing enough milk to fill him up even when I pump. I really don't want to give him formula, so I was hoping someone else has had the same problem.


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Catherine - posted on 08/30/2009




Pumping is a really poor indicator of supply. Your baby is far more efficient at emptying your breasts than the pump, and remember that your baby's stomach is tiny.

Hopefully your plugged duct is better now, but if it happens again try using cold too. Apply heat for 15 minutes or so before nursing, massage while nursing, then apply a cold pack. Massaging the lumps in the shower or running a wide tooth comb over them helps too. Gravity helps as well - lean over and let it do some of the work. Also, if you partner is comfortable doing it I have heard that an adult can suck out a plug pretty easily.

Danae - posted on 08/29/2009




Mothers milk lactation tea by Traditional Medicines is supposto help... I'll let you know in a few days if it does :-)

Tessa - posted on 08/29/2009




I have had several bouts of plugged ducts while breastfeeding. After talking to a lactation consultant, I started taking a daily supplement of Lecithin. You can get it at any pharmacy in the vitamin/supplement section. I have not had any problems with plugged ducts since I started that. Also, are you having any other symptoms such as a low grade fever, feeling like you have the flu, or extreme pain while breastfeeding? If so, your plugged ducts may have turned into mastitis. I got mastitis when I first started breastfeeding because I had difficulty distinguishing between the pain of the first few weeks and the pain of the plugged duct. So, my plugged duct became infected. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic and I began to feel better within a day. I pumped for 3-4 days at each feeding on the infected breast and fed solely on my "good" side. When my breast started feeling better, I began feeding her on both sides again. My supply suffered on the infected breast for about a week and then leveled out again. I hope this helps and I wish you the best.

Andrea - posted on 08/27/2009




Breastfeeding is one of the most difercult things to learn, from the latching on to sore nipples and havng such engorged breasts.I have had two boys, both very hungry boys and breast feeding wasnt easy for me at all. I had cracked nipples and i also never felt like i had enough milk.The only way i got thru those first 6 weeks was to express off about 4 times a day btwen feeds.Thankfuly my boys both took bottles as well so i could use the milk but some just freeze it. Also i had to drink about 6 litres of water a day just to produce enough to get thru the hard times. Expressing helped tremensly with the lumps and bumps of engorged breasts and sore nipples also they say the more you feed the more you make so that way i built up enough milk over time to fill him up.Check how many wet nappies your baby has. and of course that he is gaining weight, that way you know they are getting enough milk. Best of luck,it will al be much easier by about 6 weeks.Be strong and keep a it.

Brenda - posted on 08/26/2009




How many wet diapers are you getting? If you are getting like 8-10 and a couple dirties, he shoudl be getting enough milk. What makes you think he isn't getting enough? At three weeks they still have tiny tummies, and if you are even pumping an ounce or so, that's still a lot for his age. has some great info on supply issues.

Are you just having repeated clogged ducts? I know these can sometimes be caused by positon, if you squeeze too tight when you hold the breast, or if you wear an underwire bra. is some info on plugged ducts.


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