Recurrent Plugged Ducts

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alwayssmile's picture
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Recurrent Plugged Ducts

Anyone BTDT? Getting pretty desperate here. Zoe is 5 weeks and I'm on #5!!! I've stopped wearing all bras and nursing tanks (unless I have to leave the house which is rare thanks to sicknesses being passed around). Zoe is nursing a lot (day and night) and only getting one boob at a time and really draining that one boob as far as I can tell. The plugs have all been in different locations and on both boobs. I'm getting rid of them, but it's real slow going every time. I've cut my toddler off from nursing because he wasn't really nursing, just hanging out (wondering if him not nursing properly was a cause). I'm sitting here paranoid 24/7 that I'm going to end up with mastitis (had an awful round of it when my son was a newborn). Went to an LLL meeting today and it was suggested that I cut out saturated fats (doubt if I'm getting many since I've cut out all dairy due to Zoe being allergic) and maybe try lecithin supplements with the thought that my milk is really thick and fatty and I'm getting slow buildups as a result. Anyone try this? Or have some other experience that may lend me light?
I am already upping my water intake so that hopefully soon I'll be peeing clear 24/7. Blum 3

tink9702's picture
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My first suggestion was going to be increase water intake.

I'm sure you've checked out Kelly Mom as well: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/recurrent-mastitis/

They suggest upping your iron and Vitamin C intake, watching your fat and salt intake for not too much, not too little. The article also says sometimes you just need time because you might have an over abundant milk supply. Perhaps cutting off Aiden is not a good idea if that is the problem?

alwayssmile's picture
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I cannot mentally handle Aiden nursing right now. He's not a good nurser at all. I really do have too much supply for Zoe right now, but I'm also 5 weeks. My milk isn't regulated yet because she's still in the middle of all those little growth spurts. Definitely not helping the situation!
I keep seeing stuff on saturated fats being an issue, but I am on a complete no diary diet. I'm making most of my foods from scratch right now so how much can I really be eating? We're talking lean meat, veggies, and maybe a pasta or homemade bread.
I have been taking vit C because I've been sick off and on so much since Zoe was born.
I bought some soy lecithin and will start those later today hopefully. *sigh*

Thanks.

Nell4Him's picture
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I don't have any experience in this area.. just wanted to wish you good luck. It sounds horrible.

Kier's picture
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Have you tried different holds when you nurse? With the pain I woke up with the other morning I nursed Kellen in a foot ball hold and that seemed to help get the tender area drained better. Also general massageing, especially during nursing, to push the milkdown and out has hwlped me in the past. If shes only nursing on one side at a time maybe try pumping the other side at the same time that shes nursing, or right after.

Other than those, and the other things you have been doing, it may just be about your body regulating... Especially since you just cut Aiden off. Hang in there, hopefully things get better soon

alwayssmile's picture
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I feel like a circus performer with all the weird nursing positions we do! I'm able to get rid of them, but they keep coming back. It's not like I don't know what I'm doing ya know? I am not a pumper and haven't even broken out my hand pump yet. I've gotten rid of all of them right now and since Zoe seemed to do well with soy last week I've started lecithin supplements. Really hoping this helps.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I feel like a circus performer with all the weird nursing positions we do! I'm able to get rid of them, but they keep coming back. It's not like I don't know what I'm doing ya know? I am not a pumper and haven't even broken out my hand pump yet. I've gotten rid of all of them right now and since Zoe seemed to do well with soy last week I've started lecithin supplements. Really hoping this helps.

I was going to suggest Lecithin. I hope it works for you!

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I have had really good luck treating moms with Lecithin over the years. Also practice "hands on" nursing. make sure you are doing breast massage and helping work out any tender or full plugs as you nurse.

The usual recommended dosage for recurrent plugged ducts is 3600-4800 mg lecithin per day, or 1 capsule (1200 milligram) 3-4 times per day. After a week or two with no blockage, mom can reduce the dosage by one capsule. If there is no blockage within another 2 weeks she can reduce it again by one. Mom may need to continue taking 1-2 capsules per day if stopping the lecithin leads to additional plugged ducts.

Source: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/lecithin/

alwayssmile's picture
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I've been taking Lecithin for 11 days now. So far no new plugged milk ducts!!!! I'm finally able to work on my abundant supply by block feeding. Smile