Clogged milk ducts- help please

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  1. Hi everyone,

    The twins out of the blue went from waking every 2.5-3 hours to feed to sleeping 2 x 5 hour shifts. I woke up completely engorged and in pain. I actually have the beginning of mastitis and am on antiobiotics.

    How do I get the lumps out? Some are quite large. I try massaging, using heating pad and am feeding or pumping every two hours. Massaging is painful and I don't seem to be making any progress.

    What can I do?


  2. Banyon,
    My LC always suggests Lecithin for clogged ducts. She says when you have active clogs to take the lecithin every hour until they unclog. She also suggests taking it regularly 2-3 times a day if you have persistent clogs. You can find it at most drug stores (I bought mine at Walgreens).

    I don't know if this will apply to you, but my clogs were always caused by a milk blister. A small white dot at the nipple caused by dried milk. I actually had to pick out the milk blister and then the milk would come out easily. Picking out the blister was a pain (sometimes literally) but I got better at it as time went on. Whenever I got a clog I knew to look for the blister and there it was causing my clogs.

    Good luck to you!

  3. Go into a hot shower, and massage your breasts. Yes, it will hurt but its a good type of pain (don't know how else to explain it---fwiw, I had multiple rounds of clogs and even after I weaned I clogged in each breast), and then go nurse right away and/or pump, and try to do it more often until you feel it passed. Feel better, clogs can be so dreadful

  4. I would also suggest changing positions that you nurse. I think you need the roof of their mouth aimed in the direction that the clog is. For example my clogs would usually be in the armpit area so doing the football hold worked better. Sometimes nursing while lying down helps too. I also found that I would get them if I was a little dehydrated so remember to drink. Good luck!

  5. I have been trying all of your recommendations. The antibiotics definitely made a huge difference so I was able to start massaging. Just today I really feel like the lumps are getting noticeable smaller. I think it is probably mostly the babes who are getting everything out.

    I can't do the side lying at the moment because I got the lumps from falling asleep on my side but tilted forward. The lumps are clustered by my armpit exactly where I was lying. Lesson learned!

    Also good to know about dehydration. I will definitely be more conscious about that.

  6. Good that you are starting to feel better!

  7. I would literally sit there and pump for 45 minutes on the breast with the clogged duct. As I was pumping I would place a warm cloth on the lump, and massage at the same time.

  8. I started getting clogged ducts when I stopped squeezing my breasts while DD nursed. I also had the start of mastitis. Once the lumps started resolving themselves (after lots of hot showers, massages and pumping/feeding), I started squeezing again and I have been clog free since! :-)


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