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Old 12-17-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Ok mama's...I have a huge plugged duct in my arm pit...it hurts so much and I have taken a hot shower and rubbed it I have put hot compresses on it all morning and it doesnt seem to be getting better...how do I fix it? How long does it take to get better. I can barley move my arm it hurts so much...

by the way our baby is only 10 days old and my milk came in full force a few days ago...so I think this is the main cause of how I got it.

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Oy!! Those hurt sooo bad.

Nurse your lo EVERY TIME beginning on that side. Nurse as often as possible. Keep with the hot wet compress and DEEP massaging. You really have to get in there. It will unplug, I promise. Keep with it and let us know when you are relieved!

Oh, and try to get plenty of rest and drink TONS of water.
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Big hugs!!!

I totally feel your pain - I was just coming on to post the same thing, except my babe is five weeks today.

Drink TONS of water ( you want to see an increase in urination - that's how you know you're drinking enough) and make sure you empty the breast completely. Use a pump if you have to if your babe is done nursing.

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Big hugs!!!

I totally feel your pain - I was just coming on to post the same thing, except my babe is five weeks today.

Drink TONS of water ( you want to see an increase in urination - that's how you know you're drinking enough) and make sure you empty the breast completely. Use a pump if you have to if your babe is done nursing.

Good luck!
also, point your baby's chin to that duct.

Also, if you are afraid of infection, start eating raw garlic cloves to keep infections at bay. That helped me when I had mastitis.
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This is what worked for me: In a warm shower let the water hit the duct. Rub the duct in a gentle circular motion; then rub in a straight motion down your breast toward your nipple; and try to excrete some milk. (as if you're "guiding" it out) It will take a few sessions a day, but that's how I'd get some relief.
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also, point your baby's chin to that duct.

Also, if you are afraid of infection, start eating raw garlic cloves to keep infections at bay. That helped me when I had mastitis.
ok Im not sure how I would point my babys chin to that duct as she would be just about upside down...of course she will only latch in the football hold as well...

wow...raw garlic cloves...I must be missing something...I dont think I could pick apart my garlic cloves and just pick one of them up and eat it
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ok Im not sure how I would point my babys chin to that duct as she would be just about upside down...of course she will only latch in the football hold as well...
Try dangle feeding.

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wow...raw garlic cloves...I must be missing something...I dont think I could pick apart my garlic cloves and just pick one of them up and eat it
Just swallow them whole!!

Check out KellyMom, it's a great site.
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Oy!! Those hurt sooo bad.

Nurse your lo EVERY TIME beginning on that side. Nurse as often as possible. Keep with the hot wet compress and DEEP massaging. You really have to get in there. It will unplug, I promise. Keep with it and let us know when you are relieved!

Oh, and try to get plenty of rest and drink TONS of water.
Yes--all these things-the heating pad helped me with my 2nd bout with mastitis. It really does hurt--and if you start to feel achey and feverish, call your doc. Good luck! Nurse nurse nurse!!!
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