A clogged duct is one of the most annoying parts about breastfeeding. Even when things are going well, you might find baby slept through the night for the first time and you woke up engorged with a clogged duct. Or you accidentally wore the wrong kind of bra that caused some weird pressure, leaving you with a hard rock like spot (or multiple) in your breast.
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It’s annoying because for one, it hurts, but as pressing as that may sound, it’s not even the worst part. It can cause a temporary dip in supply which can be drastic for someone who makes just enough or already has low supply. Lastly, a clogged duct means milk isn’t moving somewhere and when milk sits for too long, you run into the risk of getting a fever, chills, and the general feeling of being hit by a truck that comes along with mastitis.
If you find yourself getting clogged ducts often, it’s going to be really important to investigate why it keeps happening.
Some common reasons:
*If #2 or #5 are the reason, or you think they might be the reason, you should seek lactation help from an expert. These run a risk of harming your breastfeeding relationship and the health of both you and your baby.
Clogged ducts are so annoying, and I hope these tricks can help you get rid of yours ASAP. If you find yourself having a fever, chills, body aches, and/or red areas on your breast it’s important to contact your provider. Usually, you can call your OB but if they aren’t available or you no longer go to them, you can call your primary care provider.
I'm Kelly Maher Carvell, Successful Breastfeeding LLC's founder, and lactation expert. I've made it my personal mission to reach as many parents as possible (like you!) to prepare you for your Successful Breastfeeding Journey. Thank you for allowing me and my team to support you. Before you leave the blog grab one of my FREEBIES like my Prenatal Success Kit or the Pump More Milk for Your Stash Guide. You've got this and I'm here to help!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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