Home remedies for a plugged duct
The first rule of successful treatment is – do not stop breastfeeding. Your milk is perfectly safe for your baby and you will promote the healing process by nursing as often as possible. If you’re unable to nurse for any reason, express the milk by using a breast pump or hand expression methods.
General recommendations for a speedy recovery include plenty of rest, drinking a lot of water and having a healthy, balanced diet. Besides that, warm compresses prior to a nursing session can promote milk flow and help express more milk during feeding. You can also massage your breast gently a few minutes before feeding and while your baby is nursing.
Feed your baby whenever you notice they are hungry – sticking to a feeding schedule often leaves long gaps between feedings, which promotes milk build-up. Once your baby has emptied one breast, offer them the other one. Start the next feeding session with the breast you ended the previous session with. Emptying the breasts on daily basis will help with milk flow and prevent further episodes of blockage.
If you are in a lot of pain, taking paracetamol can offer some relief. Cold compresses can also help – use them between feedings to reduce pain and inflammation.
If the symptoms persist after 24h of rest, breastfeeding often, applying compresses and massage, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice.
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