Plugged ducts?

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I went to the doctor today and was told that I have a plugged duct/s and that I should start taking an antibiotic. I don't have an infection as of now, and I really don't want to take an antibiotic if I don't have one. So, I would like to know any stories about those of you that have had plugged ducts and what you did to make them go away and to alleviate any discomfort that came along with it. I really want to resolve this without the use of antibiotics if possible. Help!

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Nurse, nurse, nurse! The first time I put heat packs around my breasts, which some people say not to do, you are safer getting into a shower letting the hot water run down your back and very lightly stroking the breast from chest to nipple with the heel of your hand. It's a good idea to get used to massaging your breasts gently in the same fashion during feedings to keep milk moving even as prevention, too. The second time, I got a big plugged duct in just a matter of hours and my breast was so full I fed by baby and then pumped an extra four onces in less than five minutes, it was wild! Try not to go too long without nursing your baby or skipping a pumping session, if you are pumping. I would try to find another doctor who might have more experience with BFing mothers and go for a second opinion. Kellymom.com should really help.

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