Re: How long do clogged ducts last???
I don't think there's a specific answer to your question. Sometimes clogged ducts last for a few hours, sometimes they last for days, and I don't see any reason why they wouldn't last for weeks.
Are you having nipple pain along with the clogged duct? If so, you might want to check out this info on milk blebs/blisters. Milk blisters can be really painful, and I always got a plugged duct when I had one.
Self-care for a clogged duct:
- Heat. I always liked a hot wet washcloth, but I think a hot water bottle or heating pad would also be nice.
- Soak. Warm bath or basin of warm water.
- Assess your bras. If you've been wearing an underwire (which can cause clogged ducts), now may be a good time to switch to a soft-cup bra or go bra-less, at least for a while.
- Vary your nursing position. Try to get the baby's chin pointing towards the clog, as babies generate the most suction in that direction. If that doesn't work, try the all-fours position, with baby lying on his back and the breast dangling into his mouth from above. Gravity may assist in drawing out the clog.
- Start all feeds on the affected breast, as most babies suck most aggressively at the beginning of a feed.
- Watch for signs of mastitis: redness, pain, flu-like symptoms. If any of that crops up, get yourself over to your midwife or doctor for antibiotics.
If the clogged duct persists beyond a month, I would go to the doc and get it checked out. But that's just me.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"