Plugged duct

Elizabeth - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I've been working on trying to clear this duct for a few days. Increased water, increased nursing, added in pumping. I've massaged it til I just about cry. It's on the top of the breast, so maybe harder to clear? I don't know. Since my son started sleeping thru (745pm last feeding, first feeding of next day was 635am as of this morning), I noticed I've gotten more clogs. Maybe laying on my back out cold all night? Nothing else changed. Ideas?

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Ann Marie - posted on 11/27/2010

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Also, if you haven't done this yet, add some lechithin (from soy or eggs) to your diet. You can get it at the drugstore. It makes your milk less likely to clot - worked WONDERS for me.

Cindy - posted on 11/27/2010

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Before the next feed for as long as you can, pour hot water in a diaper and wrap it around the affected breast. The heat will soothe and the let down will be better. I did this all the time and it worked. Also change the position that you nurse on that side Cradle to football or what ever. Massage the affected area with your palm while he is nursing and have hot showers while working the sore spot! Finally if it still doesn't work go to the doc, oh and don't pump as you are just increasing milk on that side, you want it to slow down if he sleeps through a feed or you will always have to pump at that feeding time.

Jessica - posted on 11/21/2010

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It may be mastitis, which is clogged ducts that are infected. So, you may need an antibiotic.

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/29/2010

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Thank you all!

I was able to massage it out with heat while using my pump and increased sessions (duration and frequency). It's amazing how fast they come on, and how long it takes to go away. Thankfully no infection!

Merry - posted on 11/29/2010

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Also if your baby takes a pacifier or sucks the thumb, you can put him to the breast every time he wants the other sucking, in cultures where babies breastfeed a few times an hour for a few minutes everybtime, they don't get clogged ducts! So if he will breastfeed even more, shorter times. Try that. Just don't switch boobs until one is completely empty. Same side can last a few hours before it's empty enough to switch.
That way your body makes milk more slowly, not a ton all at once. Evens out the ducts.

Lise - posted on 11/28/2010

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Agree with Ann Marie and Talia - the baby's strongest suck it by his/her chin, so you want the chin where your plug is. When I get plugs, my daughter usually nurses them out (she massages my breast where the plug is while she nurses).

Sarah - posted on 11/28/2010

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I've had success treating clogged ducts which turned into mastitis by eating several cloves of raw garlic on two separate occasions. I chop 2 cloves of garlic and swallow with water as if they were pills 3 times/day for several days, until the infection is surely well and gone. Garlic pills are not effective, but raw garlic has strong antibiotic properties.

To prevent clogged ducts, make sure clothing and bras are not tight and stay away from underwires. Try positioning baby differently so he/she can help "suck" out the clog.

Talia - posted on 11/28/2010

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I know this sounds crazy... And it is NOT particularly comfortable! But I swear it works. Lay your baby down on a bed or the floor, and kneel over him/her while resting your weight on your forearms to breastfeed. Face his legs up so they're pointing the same direction as your head if he'll let you. Do this as often and as long as possible/ comfortable. Crazy, but definitely better than clogged ducts that won't go away!

Leslie - posted on 11/28/2010

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i think i must have had 100 plugged ducts during the time i nursed my son the first year. i've never met anyone who has had as many and i tried everything mentioned above - all good suggestions. once i started taking lethicin regularly and stopped pumping, that seemed to help. i would however, hand express in the shower or even just over the sink and that often allowed me to apply targeted pressure right on the plug and wouldn't increase my supply too much. there are also homeopathic remedies for plugged ducts - check out kellymom.com for info on that. best of luck to you.

Megan - posted on 11/28/2010

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One of my boobs became blocked, and i would massage it when i was in the shower, until it flowed freely. I had to do this for about 3 days, and then it was fine. Keep a close eye on it though, you don't want it developing into mastitis. Good luck!

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Whenever my ducts have gotten clogged it helped to feed baby in different positions, changing the angle of his mouth caused different suction or something. Hopefully your not still suffering, but if it happens again it might be worth trying.

Lisbeth - posted on 11/21/2010

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If it doesn't go in a about a week go to a doc I have the same problem I got a clogged duct and the pain eventually went but the clogg or lump is still there so my doc is sending me to get an ultrasound on it just in case. I also highly recommend looking up Dr. Jack Newman's web site he is based here in canada but is absolutly an awesome doc for breastfeeding. I also suggest you slice some potatoes and soak them in room temp. water and apply to were it is sore. Hope you feel better soon.

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It could be the fact that he's sleeping through. Your supply should adjust soon. In the meantime, apply heat before and during nursing. Point your baby's nose at the clog. This will focus his strongest suction on the clog. Continue to gently massage while nursing. Start with the clogged side each time you nurse until you get rid of it. Some other things to try are to nurse baby while you are on all fours. Sounds weird, but it uses gravity to help get the clog out. You can lay baby on the bed and lean over him. When I had a really bad clog I ended up filling a bowl full of very warm (as warm as I could stand it). I leaned over and put my breast in the bowl and massage downward for several minutes then nursed my baby. Hope some of this helps. I've had too many clogged ducts to count. I know they are a pain.

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