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Old 12-09-2012, 09:51 PM   #11
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I got plugged ducts almost weekly for the first year or so of nursing. It's no fun. For me the triggers were bras, really any bra...I went without as much as possible and wore motherhood sleep bras while out of the house when I could get away with it...also sleeping on my side, and being away from baby for a couple hours. Taking lecithin regularly helped a bit. I think some people are just more susceptible to them.

Take hot showers and baths (nurse in the bath once its cooled down a bit), drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and keep baby nursing on that side as much as possible.
What is lecithin? I wonder if I can find some that is dairy and soy free.

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Take a hot shower and brush a wide tooth comb against your breast (at the plug) toward your nipple. It works better if you bend at the waist so your breast is hanging down. It sounds really weird, but that's the only thing that has consistently worked for me.

If you have issues with recurrent plugs, you can take lecithin. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/lecithin/
I just saw your post. I'll definatly check out your post. The lump is really deep in my breast though. The milk thats coming out isn't a funny color so thats encouraging. Milk just been pouring out of my left side all day so Im starting to feel better. I pumped alot last night and this morning and I think it helped it just took a little to feel the results. I'vebeen taking ibupofen for the pain. I really want to avoiding taking an antibiotic at all costs because we finally got over trush that lastedfor months and I dont want it to come back. Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #13
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This hasn't been mentioned yet. Nurse in a position where baby's chin points towards the clog. You may have to get on all 4's with baby laying on the bed, nurse on the bed with you laying in the opposite direction of baby, etc. That will help to pull the milk from those ducts.
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This hasn't been mentioned yet. Nurse in a position where baby's chin points towards the clog. You may have to get on all 4's with baby laying on the bed, nurse on the bed with you laying in the opposite direction of baby, etc. That will help to pull the milk from those ducts.
I'll have to try this. It's still hurting but not as bad as it was. It's weird because the side that hurts is over flowing with milk and the other side seems empty almost. I think I've been over using the left side and now I've messed with righty's supply. Oh boy.
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I had a lump on my right breast for what seemed like ages. It was high up on my breast, I barely realized it was still breast! I would nurse on that breast and rub it, as well as rub it in the shower. It didn't seem to matter when I nursed, but I could tell a spot on my nipple wasn't "squirting" when I expressed, It eventually, with massaging loosened up and my milk was a bit stringy. It took a while but it eventually cleared out!
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My MW has a protocol for plugged ducts:
Drink lots of water
Go braless
Take echinacea drops 5xs/ day, 4xs/ day, 3xs/day, etc.
Take emergen-c 3xs/day
Hot showers/baths and massage breasts
Grate raw potatoes and press it against your skin in the inflamed area- weird, but it acts as a poultice
Rest a lot
Keep nursing on that side

Worked for me when I had a plugged duct in the second week of nursing. Keeps the mastitis away. Hope things get better soon!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:28 PM   #17
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My MW has a protocol for plugged ducts:
Drink lots of water
Go braless
Take echinacea drops 5xs/ day, 4xs/ day, 3xs/day, etc.
Take emergen-c 3xs/day
Hot showers/baths and massage breasts
Grate raw potatoes and press it against your skin in the inflamed area- weird, but it acts as a poultice
Rest a lot
Keep nursing on that side

Worked for me when I had a plugged duct in the second week of nursing. Keeps the mastitis away. Hope things get better soon!
Thanks for the tips. Yeah I haven't worn a bra in three days. I'll have to look into the echinacea and emergency-c.
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