Clogged Milk Duct Remedies
Clogged milk ducts can happen to a breastfeeding mama for a number of reasons. Some of the most common are:
- Lack of sleep
- Wearing Bras that are too tight
- Not emptying your breast
It is very important to work out a clogged milk duct as it can lead to mastitis if not treated properly.
Luckily, clogged ducts can be fixed at home with a few simple remedies. However, please contact your doctor if the pain in the effected area continues!
Signs of a clogged milk duct
Clogged Milk ducts make their presence known through pain around the effected duct. The area may or may not be slightly red. You may be able to feel lump in the breast under the skin where the pain is occurring. You may also notice a lowered milk supply from the effected breast, either while pumping or while feeding baby.
How to unclog a clogged milk duct
- Start with wet heat– a warmed wet wash cloth or a hot shower is the first thing you should do. While applying the heat, gently massage the effected area in a circular motion. This will help loosen up the milk that is causing the clog.
Lansinoh makes this amazing Therapearl relief pad for breastfeeding mamas. It can either be frozen or heated to provide relief. You can even use it WHILE pumping to speed up the release of your milk and pump for LESS time. Read more details here.
2. Pump– Now that the milk is loosened, the duct needs to be emptied. While pumping, continue to massage the effected area.
3. Feed on the effected side– during your next few feedings, start with the effected breast. This will help ensure any milk that your pump did not remove will be released.
Continue with steps one through three until you no longer feel pain in the effected area.
If you are struggling with continuous clogged ducts, speak with your doctor. He or she may recommend a supplement. like Lecithin, to help you avoid the clogs.
I am not a medical professional and information shared on this blog should not be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your medical provider concerning any issues you have regarding you or your baby.
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