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  1. #1
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    Default Clogged Duct Help

    I think I have some clogged ducts -- the top of my right breast is hard. I can still pump milk out of it -- about 2 oz, which is approximately what I used to get before all this started.

    But the breast never really softens. The top of it is still hard. It was painful earlier (middle of yesterday) and not so much now, but I'm still concerned.

    I've tried warm compresses, hot showers, manual expression, cold compresses, frequent pumping. I can't nurse because she won't latch on.

    Has anyone else had this trouble? I had this a week ago and it cleared up in a day with two showers, warm compresses and something called pressure massage. But I'm really starting to get concerned now. The doc says I don't have an infection -- YET.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Clogged Duct Help

    have you tried taking lecithen?

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    Default Re: Clogged Duct Help

    After using warm, moist heat and massage, try pumping while leaning over so that your breast is hanging freely from your ribcage (sounds strange, I know!). This takes all pressure off the ducts so that milk can flow freely.

    You could also try pumping "hands free" and gently placing pressure behind the wedge shaped clog. Keep pressing down and towards the nipple (gently).

    Here is some information about clogged ducts/mastitis:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/mastitis.html
    And repeat clogged ducts/mastitis:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/repeatmastitis.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html (non-LLL resource)

    HTH!

    Let us know how you're doing.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Clogged Duct Help

    I 2nd lecithin!! I have to take it 3-4 x a day because I get recurrent PD. GL!

  5. #5
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    Question Re: Clogged Duct Help

    Hi. I am having the same trouble. My left brest has a reoccuring clog. I can get it to soften and go away for about 2 weeks but then it comes back again. I thought it might be from manually pumping but I stopped and it still came back. My DS doesn't seem to mind-actually, fequent nursing is a good thing. Is lecithen over the counter? I'll take any advise!

    Thanks for the help.

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