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Old 12-06-2006, 11:41 PM   #21
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Re: clogged duct for 2.5 days now......

hi! i am new on the board and noticed the topic! i have had a number of clogged ducts as well.. sometimes it happened because i was sleeping on my stomach OR i was sleeping on my back and wearing a nursing bra and something got "choked" off. i have also had this problem when i was in the car and the seatbelt was pressing on my breast. i did a lot of the things the PP mentioned - another thing is that i would put a very warm wet compress on my boob and then really massage at it so that i was pressing the milk towards the nipple. usually it would feel better once the milk expressed out. there were a few times where it took upwards of three days to fix the duct

good luck - i know how much it hurts and how incapacitating it can be!

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Old 12-07-2006, 12:51 AM   #22
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another thing is that i would put a very warm wet compress on my boob and then really massage at it so that i was pressing the milk towards the nipple. usually it would feel better once the milk expressed out. there were a few times where it took upwards of three days to fix the duct

good luck - i know how much it hurts and how incapacitating it can be!



I found that I *really* had to massage the clog...I mean really massage it. I was tearing up b/c the massage itself was so painful. but it really worked...I did it while taking a hot shower and it cleared up the next morning. Try really massaging it to break up the mass....
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:58 AM   #23
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ugh...so today it's doing a little better...doesn't hurt as bad...so i think it's on the way to being all the way out.... man this kills!!!!
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:12 AM   #24
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Re: clogged duct for 2.5 days now......

the other crazy thing about it is that even after the clog is gone, you might have residual pain.. its hard to tell if its really gone.

the last one i had (and i havent had any for a while - say a month - knock on wood!) i discovered it was released when my son nursed on that side and didnt get fussy! he finally got it to release but its because i had been massaging and pumping (the pumping was almost futile as there was not very much milk coming out).

i think that was the same instance where i foolishly told my husband at 2am to put a dry washcloth in the micro .. he brought it back and i thought it smelled a little (shall we say) cooked! and when i asked him to renuke (and i foolishly told him dry again) i told him to observe it to make sure it didnt burst into flame. he brought it back to me and opened it up because it smelled quite done, and there was a big burn hole through it.. so its 2am, i have a screaming kid, a house that smells like fire and a plugge duct.. all i could do at that point was laugh
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:13 PM   #25
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lol you poor thing!!!!!!

so i hate to say it but now after all this i feel like i'm drying up . he's not getting very much out of the breast with the clog now...less than he was when i was in the worst of my pain!!! what the heck is going on now???? please don't tell me a clog could possibly cause me to dry up and i've been drinking tons of water!!! i haven't done the cabbage or anything yet (don't have any yet). what is going on. man this has been a horrible week for me.....
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You know, mine's doing the same thing. I'm thinking that it's because I was letting her nurse so much on the side with the clogged duct. It's probably going to make tons of milk soon.
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i'm not an expert.. but there were times where i wasnt sure that my son was getting much milk and then i realized he was .. sometimes its hard to tell (IMO!).. just keep nursing that side. maybe nursing a bit mroe frequently will up the supply ?!

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This was taken from "The Nursing Mother's Companion"


Occasionally a plug in one of the nipple openings blocks the milk flow and causes a backup of milk in the breast. If the nipple looks normal in color but you can see a white spot on the tip, particularly right after the baby comes off the breast, the problem may be a plugged nipple pore.
Plugged ducts are most common during the early weeks of nursing, but they can occur at any time during breastfeeding. They occur for a variety of reasons. During the early weeks and months of nursing, they frequently seem due to incomplete drainage of the breast. Mothers with high milk production, including those nursing twins, tend to be more prone to plugged ducts. Interrupting the baby's nursing to switch to the other breast before the baby signals that he is finished may lead to a plugged duct. A plugged duct may follow a missed feeding or a long stretch at night without nursing. Overly tight bras, especially underwire types, may obstruct milk flow and lead to plugged ducts.
Baby carriers with tight straps can also cause this to happen.
For unknown reasons, plugged ducts seem to be more common during the winter months. Some breastfeeding specialists feel that mothers who drink an insufficient amount of fluids, who become slightly dehydrated due to a cold or flu, or who are overly fatigued may also be more susceptible to developing plugged milk ducts.
Any breast lump that does not get significantly smaller within a week should be examined by a doctor.

Treatment Measures for Plugged Ducts

1. Remove your bra if there is any question that it may be too tight or may be pressing into part of your breast.
2. Apply moist heat to the breast for 15 to 20 minutes before nursing.
3. Nurse frequently, at least every two hours. Begin each nursing on the affected breast.
4. Gently massage the breast just behind the sore area while nursing.
5. If you are following the preceding recommendations but notice no change in your breast after a feeding or two, try positioning the baby with his chin close to the plugged duct, if possible, to promote better drainage. If this doesn't work, get into the shower. With your breast well soaped, apply steady but gentle pressure behind the plugged area, pressing toward the nipple.
6. Increase your fluid intake so that you urinate more frequently.
7. When the blockage seems to be in the nipple, look for dried milk secretions or a clogged nipple pore, which may resemble a whitehead. If necessary, you can gently remove a visible plug from a nipple opening with a sterile needle.
8. Be alert for signs of a developing breast infection-fever, chills, and achiness-so you can treat it promptly.

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Old 12-07-2006, 06:44 PM   #30
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i took my first "dose" of garlic a couple hours ago...wasn't too bad, i cut it up and swallowed like pills....my stomach wasn't terribly happy at first but i'm doing good now lol!!! so i'll continue until we're all good....thanks mama
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