On Friday I noticed my left breast becoming a little tender underneath. I figured out that my bra strap was too tight and caused a plugged duct (I am assuming). On Saturday night I noticed my breast was red and even more tender. I felt like crap. I took some probiotics and vitamin c, and started to feel better the next morning. I can still feel a lump but the redness is gone. How long do these suckers take to go away?! Is this normal? What should I do?
Plugged Duct HELP!
I'm so sorry, I know how you feel. I see your post is 3 days old, so hopefully your plug is gone by now, but I'll post anyway. Lecithin works great for me, I take 1200mg four times a day until it's gone and then taper down to one a day that I still take preventatively since I get them so easily. Also: nurse and rest!
Hope you are feeling better!
Oh, I remember the pain!!! I got plugged ducts all the time with DS1. What worked for me (please don't laugh) was a bowl of hot water (as hot as you can stand without feeling like it's burning - kinda like a hot bath would feel), put the bowl on the floor, and dip your breast in while on all fours (table position if you know yoga). Dip, massage, dip, massage.... until the milk starts to flow, then try nursing. Gravity and heat! Also, a LC had told me to position babe with the lower jaw closest to clogged duct. Apparently there is better suction that way. Good luck!
I always did it with DS's nose pointed to the affected area, but I'd assume it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.
Can you see anything on your nipple that may indicate which duct is blocked? I get little skin overgrowths that impede the flow of milk and I can usually spot where it is on my nipple by squeezing a bit. You can sometimes see a white bubble. If it's a surface plug it can be relieved by using a sterilized needle to lift the skin a bit. Once I had a plug and when I was squeezing to see where it was there was a clump of dried milk or something that popped out from the pressure. Gosh, that felt so good!
i personally fill a disposable diaper with super hot water since they hold heat for so long, but I'm guessing any good long duration heat will help. then i heat heat heat then nurse nurse nurse (or pump) and i nurse in as many positions as possible to change the suction around. i find sometime a foot bal hold will clear something that a cradle hold won't and vise versa.
also when i am nursing my babe, i gently go smoothing compressions from way above the lump to all the way down.
yes once when i was pumping to clear it and doing compressions i got a string of thick milk out and then a very fast flow, that was the only time it happened suddenly like that. usually i just feed feed feed and it does not seem to work, but then in the morning it feels great.