How do you know if you have a clogged milk duct?
The most common symptoms of a clogged duct include:
- pain in a specific location in the breast.
- a swollen, tender lump in the breast.
- heat and swelling in the breasts.
- slower milk flow on one side.
- skin that looks lumpy in one area.
- a small white dot on the nipple called a milk bleb.
How do you unclog a breast duct with a pump?
About Plugged Ducts
- Prior to nursing or pumping, use a warm, moist compress on the plugged area for several minutes, then massage the area to break up the blockage.
- Begin your nursing or pumping (if single pumping) on the affected side until the blockage is broken up.
What causes clogged ducts in breast?
Reasons for blocked ducts. Blocked or plugged ducts is a condition where a blockage in a milk duct results in poor or insufficient drainage of the duct. Poor drainage may be caused by the baby not attaching well to the breast, tight clothing around the breast, long periods between breastfeeds or scarring from surgery.
Will a clogged milk duct unclog itself?
Applying gentle pressure to the plugged duct both before and during a feeding can help loosen the clog. Try a circular motion right on the lump itself. Use your baby as a masseuse.