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Blocked Duct - What I'm Learning About Breastfeeding!

Blocked Duct - What I'm Learning About Breastfeeding!

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The first three weeks of breastfeeding were โœจsuchโœจ a challenge - if you read my 3-week postpartum update you'll know why ๐Ÿ˜… and this week I got a plugged duct ๐Ÿšซagain๐Ÿšซ because Zara slept 6 hours and the boobs weren't ready ๐Ÿ˜ฉ


So I thought I'd share what I've learned about plugged ducts as I have lots of new-mama friends ๐Ÿ‘ฏ and it's always good to know!


โญ Apparently taking soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin daily helps thin milk and prevent blockages ๐Ÿผ

โญ Feeding baby so that her chin is where the blockage is can help. Mine was above the nipple so I laid her down, turned myself upside down from her and fed like that! She managed to get milk out ๐Ÿ™Œ

โญ Putting baby on the chest e.g. in a sling puts pressure on the blockage which is no good. I've had her in the buggy instead ๐Ÿ™‚

โญ Sports bras are also restrictive and no good with a blocked duct

โญ Warm compresses help and a hot shower putting the showerhead on the boob where the hard lump is (if you can feel it)

โญ Massaging is supposed to help, although I found it super painful

โญ Try to feed and feed to drain it so infection is less likely

โญ Take ibuprofen to help with the inflammation and with temperature - a low grade fever is common with a plugged duct. I've had a low fever each time with mine and get shaky etc

โญ If fever is high, it might have already become mastitis, so go to your doctor and they'll probably prescribe antibiotics. Quite clearly I have no qualification related to breastfeeding so the above is just based on my own experience :)ย 


Okay I think that's it for now! If you have any more tips PLEASE let me know!

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