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    Default plugged ducts?

    My baby is 4 months old and in that time I've gotten a plugged duct about once a month. Usually it happens when he changes his eating schedule. I plan to continue breastfeeding for at least the next 2 months, but I'm a little worried about starting him on solids since that'll cut down the time he spends eating on the breast and thus be more likely to cause another plugged duct.

    When I get a plugged duct it's no problem I just have him feed on that side more often, but when he starts solids he won't be feeding as often.

    I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and how they handled it. I was mostly planning to start him on solids very slowly and drop feedings slowly to allow my body to catch up.

    I would appreciate any advice.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: plugged ducts?

    If you introduce solids keeping in mind that breastmilk should be your son's primary source of nutrition and solids are just for fun and experimentation in the first year, you really won't notice much difference in the amount he nurses. We began offering solids around 6 months, and although our son liked them, he didn't eat a significant amount until 10 or 11 months, and even then it was maybe a half-cup per day. I too thought it would reduce the frequency of his nursing, but it didn't for a long time. We let him take the lead on how much he ate and he gradually has increased that amount.

    I get plugged ducts fairly frequently now at 14 months, but that is b/c DS doesn't like to nurse at all if exciting things are going on like Daddy is home from work on the weekends or we spend a day with family. It's more about distraction for him.

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    Default Re: plugged ducts?

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html

    heres some more info... some moms have luck with taking Lecithin
    heres a link about that
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi.../lecithin.html

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    Default Re: plugged ducts?

    I'm a first time mom and had a tough time w/ BF. In the first two and a half months I got 2 milk blister and several plugged ducts. I was ready to give up until my lactation specialist recommended for me to take lecithin. It's a vitamin and it emulsifies the fat in the milk. It helped clear up the current plugged duct I had at the time and since then it got better. I did have one recently and that was because I stopped taking it for several days and got back on it fast. It cleared within two days.

    it's safe for the baby. you can find it at wholefoods if there's on around you.

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    Default Re: plugged ducts?

    I agree! The lecithin is WONDERFUL!

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