"Don’t ignore clogged ducts! They can turn into full-blown mastitis which is incredibly painful and requires antibiotics to clear up."
^^^ This is another tip from the free "Breastfeeding Survival Guide: Advice from 50 Moms Who've Been There." It's advice that I love, which I guess is not surprising since it came from me. 😂
I struggled A LOT with clogged ducts with my first child and even got mastitis once.
In addition to a large, painful, rock-hard lump in my breast, I had a fever, fatigue, and body aches. I had to get on antibiotics and had a dip in supply on that side while the breast tissue recovered.
After that, I took any sign of an impending clog very seriously.
One thing that really helped prevent clogged ducts – which was recommended to me by two different midwives – was to take sunflower lecithin supplements daily.
Sunflower lecithin is a natural fat emulsifier, which means it helps suspend the fat in your breast milk, making it more "slippery" and easier for your baby to extract.
This has two obvious benefits:
1. Fattier feeds for baby. (Yay! More calories and longer satiation.)
2. Less fat left behind after a nursing session i.e. less chance for it to clump up and clog ducts.
Sunflower lecithin is a fantastic way to help prevent clogs. But what happens if you do get one?
What do you do then?
Check out "Plugged Ducts, part 2" for tips on that!
P.S. Sunflower lecithin worked so well for me, that I made sure to put it into this lactation instant oatmeal recipe that I made for myself. Check it out.