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Lecithin for chronic clogged ducts?

post #1 of 5
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My dd is four months old and I have been battling clogged ducts since she was born. I have had three cases of mastitis and do not want to have another. My right breast is currently sore. I have been applying wet, hot compresses right before and during nursing/pumping. I aim the babe's nose at the sore spot and I also massage the area. I've seen in other posts that lecithin may help prevent clogged ducts. How much should I take? What exactly is lecithin? Would it be safe if I got pregnant while taking it?
post #2 of 5
Lecithin solved my clogged duct problems. I found out about it at kellymom.com...the link is below, along with an exerpt from that article.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi.../lecithin.html

Lecithin has been recommended to combat recurrent plugged ducts. The usual recommended dosage for recurrent plugged ducts is 3600-4800 mg lecithin per day, or 1 capsule (1200 milligram) 3-4 times per day. After a week or two with no blockage, mom can reduce the dosage by one capsule. If there is no blockage within another 2 weeks she can reduce it again by one. Mom may need to continue taking 1-2 capsules per day if stopping the lecithin leads to additional plugged ducts.

Lecithin is a very common food additive, and is found naturally in many other foods. There are no known contraindications to its use by breastfeeding mothers.
post #3 of 5
I have had a lot of plugged ducts and lecithin was the one thing that really helped. I still take it. Also, I think you want to put the baby's chin closest to the plugged duct. I had a really bad one (several actually) at the top of my breast. I had to get creative to get DD's chin there. I put her on the couch and propped myself on top of her. But after a few sessions like that, the plugged duct was gone.
post #4 of 5
yes it helped me so much! the bottle was cheap too, and no side effects.
post #5 of 5
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Thanks for your replies. I just went out and bought some last night and took two capsules. Hopefully it will help clear up the clogged ducts I have now and prevent future clogging.
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