Re: Recent drop in milk production in one breast
Just the way you have been- pump, pump, pump, vary your pumping position, massage, and moist heat.
If the clogged duct is still there (I believe it might be too), how can I remove it
There's no real answer to this question- it's going to differ for every mama and every situation. It could be gone in one minute, it could take a few days... Since the pain is gone, it sounds like you are on your way to having the clog resolve. But it may still take some time before it is totally gone.
and when should I expect it gone?
This is to be expected. If the clog is still present, there's a large area of the breast that just isn't being drained, or at least isn't being thoroughly drained. Also, clogs can cause milk production to drop- when the breast isn't emptied well, the breast gets the message that the milk it has made isn't needed, and therefore decreases production. Now, in the case of a clog, the message is erroneous, but the end result is the same. But if you continue to pump, and pump the affected side more frequently and for longer than the unaffected side, you should be able to get production up to normal again.
But again, a huge drop in amount pumped. It consistently yields 1/3 of what the other breast expresses.
Oh- and just FYI: 3-7 oz per breast is a LOT of milk to be producing in one pumping session. 3 oz is pretty normal, but 7 oz is probably in the oversupply realm unless you're nursing twins.
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