persistent clogged milk duct

Please advise on how to treat a persistent clogged milk duct (few weeks). I have already tried warm compresses and nursing regularly, dangling breast during feeding. Also, how do cold compresses help with clogged ducts?

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Apr 18, 2011
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persistent plugged ducts
by: Tracy

Hi

I'll then mention a few other things that might help...

- Try breast compression while baby is drinking to drain the breast more efficiently...
Read about breast compression here
- Position baby with his/her chin pointed towards the plugged duct.
- Soy lecithin is often taken for recurrent and persistent plugged ducts. It really does work wonders...and has even worked for me.

The cold compresses are used in between feeding to reduce swelling and to take away the pain.

If the problem gets worse and continues it can lead to mastitis which is a bacterial infection of the milk ducts. If you see and red streaks in the painful area or experience any flu like symptoms you will need to see your doc or preferably your lactation consultant. Ask for medication that is breastfeeding friendly.

Hope this helps



Sep 30, 2011
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cabbage will cure plugged ducts
by: Anonymous

use cabbage cold cabbage on your breast it will clear up

Sep 09, 2012
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Side effects of Soy Lecithin
by: Mom of 3

Please look up the side effects of soy lecithin before you use it. May cause anaphalxis!!

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Clogged duck situation

by Mandy
(Minnesota)

I just recovered from mastitis. I was very sick and in a lot of pain. I was a full time pumper and just weaned myself off of pumping all together. I noticed yesterday I have a clogged duck. I don't know how to get rid of it since I am done pumping and I am afraid it will turn to mastitis again!

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Jun 27, 2011
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Plugged milk ducts
by: Tracy

Hi Mandy

Here are some things you can try...

- Take a warm shower and massage the plugged area from the top of the breast towards the nipple. Do this as often as you can.

- Stay away from tight fitted bras, or bras with under-wire.

- Use a cold compress on the area to relieve pain.

- Drink plenty of fluid and at least 8 glasses of plain water daily.

- As a last resort you can try therapeutic ultrasound at your local physiotherapy office. (2 watts/cm2, continuous, for five minutes to the affected area, once daily for two days.)

Hope this helps!

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Weaning because of medication
by: Anonymous

I have to wean my 7 month old son because I have to take strong medication for my hyper thyroid. So I have to do it fairly quick.

I went off one feed a day. Of course a mastitis has developed. I have bad body pain, fever and a very sore breast. I went to the doctor and they gave me antibiotic. My son is refusing the infected breast. So I am expressing now. I read so much now and I am really confused what to do.

Should I express until the breast is empty or just to take some pressure away? Should I cool or warm my breast?

There is not much information about this situation, weaning because of medication. I don't want to stop, but I have to in crease the doses to get my thyroid back into balance.

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all my milk ducts are clog in the right breast.

by monique
(queens n.y.)

I went to the doctor and he told me that all my milk ducts are all clog in the right breast. I haven't breast feed my son in four years.

I dont get it... I had an abscess four years ago on the other breast... I just want to know what I am in for when I go back to the doctor.

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Clogged Duct before Delivery

by Amy
(Anderson, SC)

Have you ever heard of engorgement or a clogged duct during pregnancy? I developed a lump 2 months before delivering that turned into a completely hardened breast. I gave birth one week ago and have not been able to nurse or pump anything out of that breast. I have tried warm compresses, hot showers, cabbage leaf, soaking in a bowl of hot water, massage...everything I read to try. No one seems to offer any solutions. I've seen two obstetritians, two surgeons, a ultrasound technician, several nurses, a team of lactation consultants, and my son's pediatritian, and no one is helping. I was told it was mastitis even after taking a round of antibiotics that did not help. They gave me a stronger one through IV and still no improvement. An ultrasound showed a 4cm absess. A surgeon aspirated it and found milk, rather than an infenction, and he has ordered a biopsy. All of these tests and no solutions. I'm afraid I will not be able to use that side to breastfeed.

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clogged milk ducts and mastitis

by Baby #2

I'm so glad to have come across your page! I'm breastfeeding my second child, the first I had no problems with. But my new baby is 2.5 months old and already I've had clogged milk ducts 4 times, 2 of them turning into mastitis.

Baby has also had thrush(I got it too OUCH!) I am currently battling SORE, cracked, sometimes bleeding nipples.

This current round of mastitis feels like it might be my entire left breast! In just looking at your site for the few minutes I have, I've found a few things I can start doing a little differently.

I'm so glad to have found so many answers in one spot!

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Recurrent Plugged Ducts-Finally Solved

by Amanda

Love this post! So detailed! It helped me a few times. I struggled through multiple plugged ducts per week for almost 10 months.

Finally, I discovered my daughter's un-diagnosed lip tie. She had a frenectomy on her tongue tie a few days after birth, but no one noticed her lip tie (class 4!). Now that she has had that treated breastfeeding is a totally different experience.

Just thought I'd share in case anyone else could be toughing it out like I did.

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Never thought lip tie could cause lacthing problems
by: Anonymous

It seems so unnoticeable.

I'm glad you found a solution, it really amazes me, how latching problems were caused by lip tie.

Then the milk not flowing, causing blocked ducts.

I heard about one lady that was producing milk, but her milk ducts never developed from birth.

That must be sad, she said that it was an awful thought that she has milk for her baby, but no means to give it to him.

Shame that isn't nice. I guess when looking at plugged ducts from this point of view, then it doesn't seem too bad.

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Plugged milk ducts with exclusive pumping!!

by Preeti
(Los Angeles)

My son is 7 months old now and is a total breastfed baby. Until he was 3 months old, I was home and breast feeding him. But when I joined work starting his 4th month, he got expressed breast milk in bottle and slowly started declining breast.

I do not get enough chances to directly feed him, given am a working mom and the chances I get often go waste since my son has now totally refused to take the breast no matter how hungry he is.

I have been plagued with blocked milk ducts since I started working. I can see white dots of blockage on my nipples and they plug the milk ducts and prevent the breasts from being completely drained. The milk backs up in the breast making it a nightmare.

I am so exhausted with full day of work and then taking care of the baby and then struggling to offer him breasts and finally wasting time with warm-compressing the breast and trying to loosen the plugs. Somebody having similar issues or how did you resolve all the problems? I wonder how people exclusively breastpump with no issues!!

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Apr 03, 2013
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plugged ducts and milk blisters
by: Tracy

Hi Preeti

Here are some pages that you can read that should help...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/plugged-duct.html

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/milk-blister.html

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about 3yrs I've had this plugged duct i need help

by mindy alexander
(B.C Mount Currie)

For about three years I've a plugged milk duct in my right armpit.

the ministry of children and family development took my kids I've got four boys. the two younger ones were taken out of the hospital. I was totally heartbroken.

So now i can't get rid of my plugged duct. do I need my youngest to unplug my duct? I've even tried a hand pump.I don't know if i have anymore milk in my breasts, cause it's been 7 months since I've breastfed. What do I do?

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See a doctor
by: Anonymous

Hi,

It doesn't sound right to me that you have had the same plugged duct for three years?!

Is it painful?

Don't want to scare you, but personally I think you should go see a doctor, it could be something more serious, or it could be a plugged duct that has turned into an abscess, which will need to be surgically removed.

Here is a page from this site...

Breast abscess





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Plugged ducts

by Neha

Hi
I have a small lump (6 weeks) behind aerola. All hard lumps had got dissolved. But this one is not getting dissolved. I have tried warm compresses and pump as well. Please suggest what to do.

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lump in breast while breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi

While breastfeeding it is common to have lumps. Here is another page that might help...


A lump while breastfeeding

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Plug Milk Duct

Hi,

I delivery baby 8 weeks ago. I never breastfeeding. I am bottle feeding. 2 weeks ago, I develop a plugged milk duct in my right breast. Now my left breast is still leaking milk but my right breast didn't leak milk. I guess this is the reason why my right breast has plugged milk duct.

I am bottle feeding. Should I take Lecithin to get rid of plugged milk duct?
Should I squeeze small amount of milk from my right breast when my left breast is leaking milk to prevent plugged milk duct?
Will the plugged milk duct gone on its own once my body stop producing milk?

Please help. My Ob is not helpful. She should prescribe me some medicine to take to dry up my breast milk but she didn't.

Thanks
May

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suffered from plugged ducts

by mavis
(pretoria)

I suffered from that and little did I know what was happening,consulted GP, said I must breast feed more, use hot compressions!

And I did it and it helped a lot, stood in a warm shower before breastfeeding!

And I must say breast feeding was a nightmare, it was very painful! But I'm glad the advice I got helped me

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blocked milk duct

by Martina

Thank you for this video! I had been struggling with a blocked duct in the top of my breast. I could help clear other ducts by massaging toward the nipple - none of the breastfeeding sites I've seen have stated otherwise. Your tip to pump upwards for the top quadrant, as that area drains differently, was soooo helpful! Thank you!

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blocked ducts

by Holly
(Hertfordshire, uk)

I have a 7 week old baby and consistently get blocked ducts. I have unblocked a few on right breast, now have problem on left and everything I do cant seem to get rid of it.

I want to wean her off breast milk gradually. I have just missed a feed and breasts are engorged.

My concern is that if I cant get rid of duct,
will this turn into mastitis? Can I carry on weaning. I am desperately unhappy and feel depressed as no one seems to have an answer or solution. Please help! Also if I finish weaning will lump still be there?

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Jan 29, 2013
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weaning and blocked ducts
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Holly

Is there another reason why you are wanting to wean so early? The World Health Organization recommends you breastfeed for at least one year.

There are so many wonderful benefits connected to giving your baby that breast milk and there are benefits for you too!

Here are some good reads for the benefits of breastfeeding...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/benefits-of-breastfeeding.html

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/advantages-of-breastfeeding-for-mother.html

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/infant-immunity.html

It is still a personal choice and if you still decide to wean baby, here are a few tips:

- Try dropping only one or two feeds per week. Read this page on weaning. http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-weaning.html

Here is a page that can help with blocked ducts

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/plugged-duct.html

- Herbs that can be used for weaning...

Herb Robert, Red sage, Garden mint, Periwinkle

Hope this helps!


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Blocked ducts
by: Holly

The main reason I want to wean is she does not latch on properly which causes me pain, and as a result I keep getting the blocked ducts. Also a recent blockage on the breast which had most milk meant that she was still hungry after nursing so I had to supplement with formula after every feed. My baby is a very slow and lazy drinker, it takes ages to feed her and she opens her mouth only slightly making latching difficult hence all the other problems.

I had planned to breastfeed to 6 months but I've had so many problems, plus baby seems to need more food Than I can supply so it seems am steered in that direction. I am planning to slowly wean dropping a feed a week so she gets breast milk up to 12 weeks.

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Crystallized Milk Ducts

by Megan
(Wylie, TX)

I went through breastfeeding woe's with both of my children.

I was pressured by the nurses and even ridiculed by one saying I was starving my baby. I was heart broken. I didn't know what to do. I never noticed swelling in my breasts nor did I have any pain.

When I brought it up to my doctors, they told me the milk would eventually come.... It never did. Fast forward to a few years later, I hurt my back and was at a chiropractors office, getting a massage.

I was then told that my milk ducts were "crystallized". Has anyone else been told this before? I have researched some of this and haven't found too much information.

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