Plugged Duct?

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Plugged Duct?

I think I might have a plugged duct. You'd think I'd have experience with this by now but its never happened before.

There is a sore spot on the areola that has a small bump. No blister, so I ruled that out. I thought maybe I had gotten a bug bite but when I touched it I found that there is like a pea size bump actually under the skin that wasn't visable. It was pretty painful while nursing but felt a little better from having my LO drain that side. I massage it in the shower after and expressed anything that I could. I've been keeping a warm cloth on it tonight and will have his drain that side first thing when he wakes in the morning.

Is there anything else I can or should do? Its not too bad now but it just came on tonight and I don't want it to get worse. I am just getting over the flu so I'm sure the sickness is what brought it on. I was really dried up on Sunday from being dehydrated and had tons of milk today now that I can keep fluids down better.

TIA for any help!

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I am the queen of plugged ducts...lol. I would continue doing what you are doing. Heat really helps me. Also, having LO drain the affected side and then massage the area of the plug to try and get more out. There have been times when it has taken a couple days to work out the entire plugged area.

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Thanks!
I've been doing that and have started noticing a difference today in the size of the lump. Luckily it never did get worse.

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Hopefully you're feeling better by today! Smile Plugged ducts are no fun.

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"Leahgoogle" wrote:

I am the queen of plugged ducts...lol. I would continue doing what you are doing. Heat really helps me. Also, having LO drain the affected side and then massage the area of the plug to try and get more out. There have been times when it has taken a couple days to work out the entire plugged area.

I thought I was the queen of plugged ducts! Wink Have you tried taking lecithin? It made a HUGE difference for me. I nursed my twins exclusively for 8 weeks and probably had 30+ plugged ducts during that time. SO painful, especially because I was making SO much milk and it would get backed up and so incredibly painful. I was about to wean because of it, then I decided to try lecithin and it worked!! The clogs stopped almost completely and even when they did form, the lecithin helped them resolve quickly. As the boys got older and their latch improved, it also helped a lot. I also learned that most clogs are in the nipple (kind of makes sense if you think about a 2 liter bottle of coke and if something were to get stopped up, it would most likely happen at the mouth of the bottle - just like the nipple is the smallest part of the duct system. Once I made that discovery, I was able to dig out most clogs myself, which provided immediate relief as opposed to just waiting it out.

Anyway, I realize this post was a long time ago... hopefully your clog is gone by now!! Smile