How I Relieved a Clogged Milk Duct
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I’ve been incredibly blessed throughout my breastfeeding journey to have never had a clogged milk duct. Now, at five months, I officially know what it’s like.
Just as many other littles do, Andie had a favorite side. Well, has because that still holds true. I’m not sure if it’s her preferred side, or if it’s the side I put her on more often because it’s easier for me. Either way, we almost became exclusively one sided a few times.
Each time I would notice that I was producing less on what I like to call the “slacker” side, I would try to be more conscious and place her on that side first, let her empty it, then turn her to the “good” side which helped increase my supply in the “slacker” and better regulate for her needs.
After a while, honestly, I think I just got lazy. Anyway I noticed that my slacker, or left side, was beginning to hurt. After further investigation, I realized I had a clogged duct. One of my biggest fears is mastisis so I wanted to make sure that I took care of it ASAP.
It was already almost bedtime when I noticed, so I got both babies to sleep and ran a nice HOT bath. I know, who has time for a bath with kids. I knew that this was a time that it was necessary. Once in the bath, I turned over to lie on my stomach so that my entire breast was covered. I let the hot water do the work for a bit then began to try to massage the knot out.
I massaged and expressed small amounts of milk, but I could still feel the knot. Then, as I continued to massage, milk started gushing (for lack of a better term) out. I called for my husband to bring me a bottle so that I could catch it because, y’all, that stuff is gold! Then once I was out of the tub, I used my hand pump to continue to relieve that side. I’m sure an electric would have been just as effective if that’s all you have.
Since then, I’ve been more cautious to nurse on both sides and I haven’t had any more issues- thank goodness! I definitely think I caught it early and it was very mild, but this is what worked quick and effectively for me!
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