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    Unhappy How to deal with plugged duct?

    Hi,

    I just weaning my DD about a week ago after nursing for 26 mos. We started food at 7 mos or so and reduced to nap and night time only about 2 or 3 mos. ago. My breasts were really flat before the real end of BF for us and I figured I would have no problem with ducts clogging, etc. And for a week I just had fuller, not hard or painful.

    THEN, last night I notced tenderness and hard feeling in the top of my left and this morning a quarter shaped light red spot. Anyways I took a shower and expressed a lot out, I tried to push on that duct too and it definitely helped, now the hardness is gone, but the tenderness is still there a little.

    I'm pretty sure this is being caused by a ten pound weight vest I wear to exercise....I know, tres dumb. How long should I keep expressing? I don't have a fever but I don't want to keep up a supply forever. I've read alot of conflicting advice about warm or cold compresses? I'm leaning towards warm? Anyone have advice? Thanks!

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    Default Re: How to deal with plugged duct?

    I just read in the oversupply forum that soy lechitin can help? Anyone have success with this to avoid plugged ducts?

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    If the plug seems to be gone, and it's just tender you might keep massaging it and not expressing and see how it goes.
    It will probably be tender for a few days, but that's totally normal.

    Have you thought about using cabbage leaves to decrease the supply? Here's some more info on them.
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    I just got up feeling sick to my stomach, turns out I ate something bad or it's mastitis, luckily I have the antibiotics and just took the first one... I didn't have streaking on the breast or a fever about 6-7 hours ago at the MD office, but I definitely feel bad now. This is not how I pictured ending my nursing with my DD....I think I may be getting my period soon, maybe that is making me ill too?...I don't know.

    Any advice on how long to clear up while on antibiotics? This s***ks.

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    are you running a fever?
    It shoudn't take more then a few days to feal beter.

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    Thanks for responding. I don't have a fever and I feel much better today. Nursing has been so easy for the past 2 years I think I overreacted to a problem I guess is pretty common.

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    So glad your feeling better!!
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    Default Re: How to deal with plugged duct?

    hope you feel better. i had a plugged duct recently and it can be really sore for a few days. i just massaged really gently a lot of the time -much to embarrassment of dh when out & about, but if it felt sore I just did a sort of stroking massage towards the nipple, and it seemed to help, only took a few days to clear but i am still nursing ds a lot too. hope you are all better soon x
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