Plugged Ducts, part 2

Plugged Ducts, part 2

In my last post we talked about how sunflower lecithin is a natural way to prevent clogged ducts. 

But what happens if you do get one? What do you do then?

First, a quick look at what causes clogs...

Clogs happen from compression on the milk making cells that keeps them from draining fully, and that compression comes from either the outside (tight bra) or the inside (too much milk pressing on cell walls).

  • Are you stretching the time between feedings? (clog possible)
  • Did you go for your first postpartum run, boobs bouncing in a tight sports bra? (clog possible)
  • Did baby go on a nursing strike? (clog possible)

The worst thing you can do for a clog is ignore it.

So how do you treat clogged milk ducts?

Two of my favorite tips are:

1. Bring your manual hand pump into the shower and pump after letting hot water run over the affected breast tissue.

2. Dangle feed your baby.

Not familiar with dangle feeding? You can find videos online but, basically, you lay your baby on the bed or the floor on her back and then kneel over her on all fours, letting your breast hang as she eats.

The magical combo of suction and gravity can clear that clog in no time!

Even better, take a hot shower or apply a warm compress to your breast before dangle feeding.

>>> Will it be the closest you feel to an actual cow while breastfeeding?

Yes.

>>> Will you care when it works and you feel that sweet relief?

No. 

I hope you don't deal with many, if any, clogs. But keep these tips in your back pocket and try them if you do.

Is there something else you've done to clear a clogged milk duct? 

Talk soon,
Suzanne

P.S. When I was dealing with recurrent clogs, two different midwives suggested sunflower lecithin to me. I started taking it daily and saw such a big difference that I made sure to include it in this lactation instant oatmeal recipe I was making. It's a game changer.

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