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    Default How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    I noticed that I was in trouble Wed eve about 4 pm; I had my 3 week post partum checkup on Thur so I figured I would ask about it the next day. Well By yesterday am the breast was hard, hot, red, and painful. I was diagnosed with mastiits. I am taking an abx. I have been pumping, massaging, using hot compresses beofre pumping and feeding and cold afterwards. I tried cabbage leaves. I even did ulatraound last night and today. There is this one spot that does not seem to want to break up.

    What do I do>

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    Have you tried "dangle" nursing? Allow gravity to help you while nursing, and position yourself over you baby while lying baby on the ground. You can also position baby's chin on the lump and let baby work the knot out for you. I would suggest altering nursing positions frequently.

    Have you been carrying anything heavy on that side? Your baby, a bag, ect? Are your bras comfy with no underwire?

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?



    Here are some tips:
    *Ask your doctor about taking an OTC anti-inflamatory/analgesic such as ibuprofen
    *REST! If at all possible, go to bed for the day and take baby with you
    *Drink plenty of fluids--if your urine is pale, you're getting enough
    *Eat nutritiously
    *Nurse frequently--aim for every two hours
    *Apply wet or dry heat to the affected area, gently massage while still warm before nursing
    *Basin method-Lean over a basin of warm water or lie on side in a warm bathtub and soak breasts for 10 minutes, 3x per day.
    *Massage-work over the lump using the palm of your hand and all fingers, work in a gentle but firm circular motion. If it's not too painful, try kneeding from the armpit working towards the nipple, too.
    *Nurse immediately after heat/massage
    *Nurse on the affected side first
    *Loosen any constrictive clothing (especially the bra)
    *Assure baby is latched on well
    *Vary nursing positions
    *Use breast compressions during nursing
    *Try "dangle feeding". This is when you nurse while leaning over baby, so that your breast is freely hanging from your ribcage.
    *Cold compresses between feedings will help reduce swelling and pain. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel makes a handy cold pack.
    *If antibiotics are prescribed, take the entire course

    And here are a few helpful resources:
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/mastitis.html
    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr07p76.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html (non-LLL resource)

    Are you in touch with an IBCLC? Your local LLL Leader?

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    I had one week when DD was around 2 months old when I repeatedly had blocked ducts. At the first sign of a blocked duct, I would take ibuprofen and try to rest as much as possible. Hot showers and compresses seemed to help. A couple times, I fell asleep with a heating pad pressed to my chest and when DD woke up and nursed the block seemed to have resolved. It's also important to nurse as much as possible on the affected side. If I felt like I was getting too full and DD didn't want to nurse, I would pump just enough to relieve the pressure. I think early intervention is what kept me from getting mastitis. Hang in there!

    Also, as a side note, if you are on antibiotics, it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a probiotic (such as acidophilus) ... antibiotics kill the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria, and the last thing you need is a yeast infection! HTH!
    Jen, momma to Charlotte Rae born 9/25/07

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    Quote Originally Posted by LLL_Jolie View Post


    Here are some tips:
    *Ask your doctor about taking an OTC anti-inflamatory/analgesic such as ibuprofen
    *REST! If at all possible, go to bed for the day and take baby with you
    *Drink plenty of fluids--if your urine is pale, you're getting enough
    *Eat nutritiously
    *Nurse frequently--aim for every two hours
    *Apply wet or dry heat to the affected area, gently massage while still warm before nursing
    *Basin method-Lean over a basin of warm water or lie on side in a warm bathtub and soak breasts for 10 minutes, 3x per day.
    *Massage-work over the lump using the palm of your hand and all fingers, work in a gentle but firm circular motion. If it's not too painful, try kneeding from the armpit working towards the nipple, too.
    *Nurse immediately after heat/massage
    *Nurse on the affected side first
    *Loosen any constrictive clothing (especially the bra)
    *Assure baby is latched on well
    *Vary nursing positions
    *Use breast compressions during nursing
    *Try "dangle feeding". This is when you nurse while leaning over baby, so that your breast is freely hanging from your ribcage.
    *Cold compresses between feedings will help reduce swelling and pain. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel makes a handy cold pack.
    *If antibiotics are prescribed, take the entire course

    And here are a few helpful resources:
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/mastitis.html
    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr07p76.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html (non-LLL resource)

    Are you in touch with an IBCLC? Your local LLL Leader?

    Jolie I have not been in touch with my local LLL leader IBCLC. It seems that the ducct has unblocked a lot I think it is just very tender right now from all the massage!

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    Thank you all for your answers!

    I think the duct has unclogged for the most part.

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    Default Re: How long does a blocked duct usually last for?

    good for you! mine had gone away after on the second day after dangle breastfeeding and hot massages

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