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Thread: Pump weaning and clogged ducts

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    Default Pump weaning and clogged ducts

    I have not pumped in almost 3 weeks. However I have developed multiple plugged ducts deep in my right breast. I have been doing hand compressions in the shower. I am not in much pain, only if I bump it or dd pushes on it or something. Will this just clear up and be reabsorbed into my body or should I be doing something more? I tried pumping and couldn't get a let down and I really don't want to signal more production.

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    Default Re: Pump weaning and clogged ducts

    I would be concerned. Clogged ducts that are unresolved over a period of weeks and are causing pain should be evaluated by a lactation consultant or health care provider IMO.
    Are you still nursing your DD?
    One thing that helped me was to put a hot, wet towel on the clogged areas for a few minutes before feeding DD. You can also try different nursing positions to better empty the ducts.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: Pump weaning and clogged ducts

    I exclusively pumped for a year. I weaned very gradually. I now have not pumped at all in roughly 3 weeks.

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