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Plugged Duct

Postby DueInMayMamma » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:38 am

Hi ladies! My daughter is 10 weeks old, and I've got a plugged duct. I'm starting antibiotics tomorrow, but is there any sure fire remedy you may have tried that helps this go away faster? My right boob appreciates your input :-)
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Postby Rubyru » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:52 am

There are lots of thongs that MAY help. Breast compression during feeding, massaging the duct, warm compress etc, also another tip many women swear by, getting the babies chin pointing towards that duct, this may be difficult if it is an upper one, but laying down and laying the baby in the appropriate direction across you to feed.
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Postby stefanielynn » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:40 am

Exactly what Rubyru suggested! Warm compresses and massage are GREAT ways to try and relieve it, as well as changing baby's nursing position and nursing often. Here's an article from kellymom. http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/
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Postby jessm » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:59 am

Pump pump pump! And hand expressing in the shower. Sorry momma :(
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Postby MominMD » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:17 pm

I got plugged ducts on the top of my left breast all the time. Warm showers while massaging it really helped. Lots of pumping and nursing, while massaging it. If it got really bad (if you are willing to) take two advil. It takes down inflammation and helps pain. Some folks don't want to do this, but it helped a lot. I did not do this often.
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Postby DueInMayMamma » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:19 pm

I'm wanting to make sure that what I have actually is a plugged duct...it's gotten REALLY big. It's not so much a ball shape, but more of a tree root esque type of thing. It's about 1 1/2 inches long and it starts at the bottom of my breast and extends up to the nipple. It's lumpy and sore, and about half an inch thick. Is this a plugged duct, or something else? I haven't been to a Dr. yet, but they did put me on some antibiotics that are safe for b/fing mothers, but I'm thinking I might make an appt. to get it looked at.
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Postby MominMD » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:43 am

I would get that looked at. You want to make sure it is not an abcess or anything.
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Postby jessm » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:19 am

I agree I would get it looked at. My plugged ducts always felt like golf balls
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Postby specialkel » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:05 pm

Try lying baby on the floor and kneeling over her for her to nurse from the bb with the plugged duct. It looks ridiculous, but it works for me.

Ditto on having a dr. look at it, though.
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Postby DueInMayMamma » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:21 pm

Hi Everyone! Quick update, it turned out that I did indeed have a plugged duct! I think....haha. Basically, the Dr. called in some antibiotics for me, and those combined with vigorous pumping/nursing, cleared up whatever it was that was going on. Within 3 days my lump has shrunk to nothing :) I think it was the beginnings of mastitis and I must've caught it just in time. I feel so much more energetic and healthy. Glad that this thing is finally gone.
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Postby Em » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:53 am

Glad it's sorted. If it ever happens again, try putting your BB in a bowl of hot water while expressing down towards the affected area. It always seemed to loosen things up for me fairly quickly.
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Postby constanceschofield » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:37 am

It's important to keep feeding your baby, even though it may hurt. Feed as often as you can and avoid long stretches between feeds.
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Postby fodla » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:30 pm

Having my husband massage out the clogs while I nursed or pumped worked best for me. He used to swear he could feel them pop. Ew.
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