Management of Clogged/Plugged Ducts
Signs of a plugged duct are:
- Tender spot in your breast
There are new recommendations from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Below are ways to care for mastitis and plugged ducts.
There are new recommendations from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Below are ways to care for plugged ducts.
- Breastfeed on demand or pump at a frequency that mimics baby feeding.
- Do not pump or stimulate your breast more often.
- Breastfeed from the opposite breast first to let the affected side heal.
- If your breasts feel full after feeding, you can hand express until you are comfortable.
Wear a supportive bra that is not too tight
- Do not wear underwire bras.
- Put ice or gel packs on breasts. Use them for 10 minutes each hour. This can help lessen inflammation and swelling.
- Do not put ice directly on your skin.
- You may have a drop in your milk supply. This often gets better with time. You can call a lactation consultant for help.
- Do not do deep massage of your breast.
- Use gentle, light touch massage. Start at your nipple and go back toward your body. This should be like petting a cat.
- A helpful handout from Physician Guide to Breast Feeding PDF
- Take medications that help reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen. Follow the directions on the bottle.
- Take sunflower or soy lecithin to help with plugged ducts. This is an over-the-counter supplement. Buy it at most drug and grocery stores.
- Capsules: take 1200 mg 3 or 4 times each day. Refer to Kellymom.com for further information.
- If you do not want to take the capsules, take 5-10 grams of powder lecithin. Use it 1 time each day. This can be put in a smoothie.
Call your provider if you do not start feeling better or you get flu like symptoms such as a fever. You may need to start antibiotics for mastitis.