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Recurrect Plugged Duct

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I am at my wits end. When I was nursing my son years ago I had a few plugged ducts in the early days because I had an oversupply problem. A few were bad and I had to have ultrasound to get them out. Once the oversupply evened out I never had another problem.

 

Now with my DD I can't figure this out. Everything was fine until this past Thanksgiving. She was 7 months old - no issues with oversupply and I get my first one. I was able to get it out on my own after a few days. Since then I have had probably 6. It's always the same boob in the exact same spot. I have had to have 3 rounds of ultrasound at 140 bucks a pop! I'm taking lecithin, I'm taking homeopathic stuff, my bra is not too tight and I don't sleep on my side or stomach. I really am at a loss here. The last 2  I was so desperate because I just can't do ultrasound anymore. Too $$ and my girl that does it is about to go out on maternity leave. I won't even tell you all how I got the last 2 stubborn ones out!!

 

 

Does anyone have any other suggestions?? Im so tired of people telling me "I guess it's time to wean" she's 10 months old - I am NOT WEANING!!!!!!

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I'm trying to figure this out for myself.  I've had several plugged ducts and two rounds of mastitis.  Are you drinking enough water?  I got one nasty (red and inflamed) plug when I was dehydrated for a few days.  I did my best to drink a full glass of water every waking hour and it helped.  Also, I've read that tongue ties and lip ties can contribute.  I'm still looking into this as my dd has a lip tie.

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I'm trying to figure this out for myself.  I've had several plugged ducts and two rounds of mastitis.  Are you drinking enough water?  I got one nasty (red and inflamed) plug when I was dehydrated for a few days.  I did my best to drink a full glass of water every waking hour and it helped.  Also, I've read that tongue ties and lip ties can contribute.  I'm still looking into this as my dd has a lip tie.

I generally drinks lots of water, but certainly have days where I don't drink enough. I haven't noticed a connection but I also haven't been paying attention to that so I will.

 

My daughter had a lip and tongue tie which was taken care of when she was 9 days old so I know that is not what is causing this. Hope you figure it out! 

 

Anybody else??

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I had mastitis and plugged ducts monthly with my first (but managed to never have to take abx). He had a clipped tongue tie but his lip tie was never addressed. I assumed my problems were because of that.

 

However, when my second was around 7 months, I switched to a paleo-type diet for a time. I ate a cookie one day, and that night started getting a plugged duct. Happened a couple more times, so I started avoiding gluten for realsies. See the quote halfway down on http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/recurrent-mastitis/

 

Drinking enough water, getting enough rest, and managing stress are also huge factors. For me I suspect that gluten intolerance was a factor and eating an anti-inflammatory diet helped keep them away. As an added bonus my occasional digestive issues went away completely.

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