Ladies, I wondered if any of you had any advice. I am still nursing my 2 year old and I have what I think must be a clogged duct. She only nurses once a day and has no desire to nurse any more than that. I've tried massage and warm compresses but they haven't done much for it. It is rather uncomfortable. Is pumping a bad idea?
clogged milk duct
This was yesterday, how are you now? If you have any fever or redness you'd want to contact your local LLL or IBCLC right away to determine the best course of action.
Removing the milk is vital, hand expression and child nursing preferable to pump as a pump can damage already inflamed tissue. http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html
Warm compress can be accompanied by ibuprofen to reduce swelling, cold compress in short bursts followed by warm followed by gentle massage rolling toward the nipple and then hand expression or nursing.
Castor oil compress can also be effective as can a vibrating toothbrush. How goes it today?
Thanks ladies, I will give those things a try. It is a little more swollen now, but it isn't horrible. I expressed some milk in the shower and it seemed to make it a little better. Just don't want to overdo it, it is even possible to increase your milk supply while pregnant? I don't want to get engorged as well.
Yes, it is just as possible to have an increase in production as it is to have a decrease in production. Have you read Adventures in Tandem Nursing? :) You can't really overdo it with a clogged duct as the inflammation can actually suppress milk production; the goal is simply to keep the breast drained until it's no longer becoming clogged.