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Went on vacation...drove 15 hours yesterday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: and my 2-year-old would only nurse once on one side all day. I think I have a blocked duct on the side she didn't nurse on all day, but I'm not sure. It's hard but not rock-hard and aches but isn't excruciating. It feels a little warm and is a little pink but I'm not sure if that's because I massaged the area too hard while trying to unclog the duct or if I'm getting an infection.<br><br>
My brain is not in order enough to do the research right now but I'm doing warm compresses, letting her nurse as much as she will on that side, massaging, and I even hauled out the old PIS, which said "aeroplane, aeroplane, aeroplane" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and didn't seem to help at all.<br><br>
I am checking out the Kellymom page but I'd like to know how anyone here dealt with a stubborn plugged duct. I am feeling a little spacy and hot but I don't know if that's because I don't have the A/C on and because I'm tired from the trip, or if I'm getting sick.<br><br>
Thanks all.
 

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Not sure what I had (could have been mastitis or a duct problem) but my breasts started getting really red and hurting real bad, I took 4 cloves of garlic, chopped them up coarsely and boiled them 1 minute only in some soup, then ate the garlic and drank the soup. After 2 days they cleared up. Garlic is a very good antibiotic, btw, it cleared up an ear infection I was getting once, and also cleared up celuitis in my DH (he got it 2 times, the first time he had to take a 14 day course of antibiotics, the second time he got it he ate garlic for 3 days and it cleared up right away!)<br><br>
I also checked out this site, if you don't want to try garlic:<br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/302074/how_i_treated_my_mastitis_with_herbs.html" target="_blank">http://www.associatedcontent.com</a>/article/302074/how_i_treated_my_mastitis_with_herbs.html
 

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Since you are familiar with Kellymom I won't post the link. Essentially you want to use moist heat and massaging, combing motions to try and get things moving.<br><br>
Ideally you could get your toddler to start nursing on that side.<br><br>
Good luck, ~Cath
 

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Thank you both so much! I tried the hot water in a disposable diaper trick and I think that was the magic cure for me. I was spraying like crazy when I pressed on the swollen part. Now my breast is sore but somewhat deflated. Yay!<br><br>
I will up the garlic intake (although I'm not sure I'll drink pure garlic potion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and try the combing motion as well. So glad this seems to be getting better.
 

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LOL! I know, the garlic can be a little rough (and I love garlic), although cooking it a minute doesn't seem to hurt its healing properties. I hope your mastitis is gone by now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">LOL! I know, the garlic can be a little rough (and I love garlic), although cooking it a minute doesn't seem to hurt its healing properties. I hope your mastitis is gone by now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Thanks, Tammy...it went away before I tried the garlic potion but next time I'll probably swill the garlic right away! I'm not even sure I had full-blown mastitis but I felt miserable!
 
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