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Old 01-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Blocked duct?

I woke up yesterday with a painful right breast. I can't feel any lump, but it's tender - though not in a specific spot. I've been letting baby nurse on that side first, and then switch to the other (if it's that breast's turn). I've put moist heat on it, tried massaging it (which is a bit difficult, b/c I'm not sure which area to massage, so I'm just gently doing the whole breast), and upped her nursing schedule to every couple of hours (she was doing about every 3). I've tried leaning over her while nursing (I haven't done the "on all 4s position - does that really work?).

I'm not sure it's working... how long does this take to feel better? Also, I feel like I'm overnursing the right side and somewhat neglecting the left - I don't want my milk to go back on the left.

Any advice for taking care of this? I don't want to get mastitis

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Old 01-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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You are doing the right things. Nursing on all fours does help, or pointing the babies chin in the direction of the clog. But, if you don't know where that is, idk. There isn't a lump or hard spot anywhere? What leads you to believe it's a plugged duct?
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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Re: Blocked duct?

I'm not sure it is. It's not a pain I've had before - doesn't feel like muscle or that funny quick stabbing pain when the breast fills back up with milk. When she's nursing and the milk lets down there's a pulling pain that gets better as she nurses. If I move my shoulder I can feel a pull all the way from above the nipple to my armpit. I just can't pinpoint a specific "ouch" spot. What else could it be? It came on rather suddenly?
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
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Re: Blocked duct?

You could try calling your local La Leche League leader, seeing a lactation consultant, going to a breastfeeding clinic or calling your doctor. Since there isn't a lump, you may want to get it checked out, just to be sure of what it is.
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Sounds like you did all the right things. U would call the doc.
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Re: Blocked duct?

rcima, your avi made me and DH laugh, thank you.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:49 PM   #7
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Sry, just getting back to this thread. How are things going now?
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