I'm a first time mother of a Lil girl and she is just 12 days old now and I got some knots in my left breast..
I've been doing warm water massage for 4 days, also pumping out the milk and also breast feeding my baby from the affected side ...
She drinks a minimum of 15 min and max for half an hour everytime throughout the day, but even after all this I'm finding no way to get rid of the knots ...infact I find sometimes the affected area is turning red !!
My 4th baby just turned 7 weeks. He slept more than usual yesterday morning and skipped a feeding which resulted in my overproducing breast getting engorged.
It was very painful yesterday and from the look of the breast, it looked like it had a few plugged ducts. (There were hard nodules on the breast that wouldn't go down despite my baby's nursing.)
I tried to express as much as possible yesterday & when I woke up today, I took a very warm shower and expressed some more. That seemed to finally drain the breast to the point of almost comfortable. Almost.
After the baby nursed, I felt much better but the nipple skin is very raw from my baby's tough sucking. After all, my little guy is trying to get his nutrition out.
I am going to keep expressing a little, feeding him every 2 hours until bedtime when he can go longer and I am going to take an ibuprofen to relieve some of the pain emanating from the breast. I am hoping this will be a distant memory tomorrow.