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    Default Getting rid of plugged ducts

    How can I get rid of plugged ducts without increasing my supply more? My son is only 1 week old and I have a massive over supply especially in my right breast. At night he sleeps 4-5 hours while he only sleeps 2-3 during the day so while I block feed my right always becomes engorged and has lots of plugs. The only way i've known to get rid of them is to pump and I do because i don't want to get infection. Any other suggestions?
    Last edited by @llli*belamour616; January 21st, 2009 at 01:53 AM.

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    more info here:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html


    and here

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html





    most moms find that by 6 weeks things are fealing beter with their breasts.
    a baby that young is still trying to build your supply.
    Does baby pull off duing let down? Choke or sputter?
    Sometimes it helps to let some of the letdown drain into a cloth so baby can latch on beter,after letdown.

    this link too might help:
    did you have lots of iv during labor? That extra fluid can get trapped in your breast, so its not all milk and it takes a while for your body to get rid of it.


    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...cotterman.html

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    I would definently stop pumping as that will exacerbate your oversupply which in turn will exacerbate your plugged ducts. I'm not sure how frequently you have been pumping, so you may need to do this slowly and not cold turkey.

    The best treatment is to nurse, nurse, nurse. Warm compress can be applied as well.

    Here are some links I found.

    http://www.llli.org//FAQ/mastitis.html

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr07p76.html

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html

    Jenn
    Mom to - DD1 10/5/05, DS 6/27/07 & DD2 6/18/09

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    Your blocks may be too long if you're getting plugs. From what I recall, they should be increased slowly, but sometimes that's hard if DC only eats every 3 hours. Have you tried offering more frequently? That may help to keep the enthusiastic breast from getting plugs.
    Jess

    Mama to my little Roxie Roo, 06/11/08


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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    He eats between 2-3 hours during the day usually and sometimes has a little snack after an hour....at night he goes 4-5 and its usually in the morning when I get the plugs...and I only get them in the breast that produces more so I was thinking I needed to NOT feed that one as often...is it the other way around?

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    Well, it's kind of a catch 22. To avoid plugs you need to empty the breast frequently, so block feeding runs counter to this. Are you able to hand express just enough to make yourself comfortable while that breast is not being used? It's also pretty common to have one side produce more than the other.
    Your baby is still really young and your breast tissue is laying down those prolactin receptors. I don't know if I would really push the blocks at this time...your supply is still largely under endocrine control rather than supply and demand right now. Many Mamas have oversupply for the first few weeks until the body starts to regulate things in a different way.
    How are you doing blocks now? One side per feeding? Per two feeding? A set number of hours?
    Jess

    Mama to my little Roxie Roo, 06/11/08


    April miles for TBTTW: 63

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    I have been doing one breast per feeding. The main reason I have been doing it is because of my super fast let down and I read that this is a way to reduce that...is fast let down normal in the early days also? I also think i'm having a problem with him getting too much foremilk as he stared having green poops and was getting hungry a lot more often, now that I am block feeding he still has green in his poop but there is more yellow, and he seems to be filling up better...

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    Default Re: Getting rid of plugged ducts

    Congrats on your LO! I have OS/OALD also and can't say if starting this early is good for you. I do hand express now when they get too engorged instead of pumping. And I massage the plugged area and that seems to really help. And then you don't get rid of too much milk. I always ended up pumping out a lot quickly so the hand expression was better for me. I use the hand pump sometimes that came with my Symphony. Mostly to just relieve pressure when I'm too engorged to push on my sore breast. Hang in there and remember this is the best thing for your baby and it is hard work for some of us, but sooo worth it.

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