Clogs & Milk Blisters

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Clogs & Milk Blisters

Hello ladies! Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to prevent clogs & milk blisters?

I've had 5 different incidents in the past few weeks and I'm starting to get really frustrated. Sad Its extremely painful and frustrating for miss cora too. I am so close to just giving up. I had mastitis with my second and thank goodness haven't had that this time around! Phew!! This time around its the darn milk blisters. They keep forming...I get shooting pain in my breast and of course the horrible pain while nursing to try and release the blister. I have had to rip off the blister 3 times now with tweezers to relieve the clog. Its so painful! And, 4 of my 5 incidents are on my "problem"/right side. Up until last week I would always feed from one side, then offer the second and 90% of the time she'd take the second side. Then, at the next feeding I'd start with the side she would eat from last the feeding before. Last week I started always feeding her on the problem/right side, because I was clogged on that side for days, and I have been keeping up with always starting on that side. When I'm clogged I always do warm compresses prior to feeding and then pump right after to try and relieve the clog. I also religiously apply the lanolin after each feeding and before and after showers.

I read a little online about Lecithin supplements? Anyone used this before? I have a call into my lactation person, but figured Id also ask you ladies!

Thanks!

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No help, but couldn't read and not offer sympathy. that sounds so painful

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Huh. I had one of those once with my DD, but it wasn't really painful. Sorry you're going through this.

I wonder if it has something to do with her latch on that side, since it's only happening on the one side. Have you ever considered chiropractic for the baby? Sometimes if they have something out of place, they just need a minor adjustment, and it makes a huge difference.

Hope your LC gets back to you, and can help!

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i was going to suggest the same as Mara-- that it sounds like a latch issue that she isn't draining one area of the breast. Try a different hold-- football, backwards, lying down, etc. Perhaps that will help?

I'd also consider switching bras to make sure you aren't wearing anything that restricts part of your breast? Can you switch to something looser fitting? I have a nursing bra that clogs up my right side if I'm not careful......

Good luck. You are amazing for dealing with this. I cannot imagine how uncomfy it must be. KUP!

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i was going to suggest the same as Mara-- that it sounds like a latch issue that she isn't draining one area of the breast. Try a different hold-- football, backwards, lying down, etc. Perhaps that will help?

I'd also consider switching bras to make sure you aren't wearing anything that restricts part of your breast? Can you switch to something looser fitting? I have a nursing bra that clogs up my right side if I'm not careful......

Good luck. You are amazing for dealing with this. I cannot imagine how uncomfy it must be. KUP!

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Hello, thanks for the replies ladies and the sympathy! Smile I live in loose fitting nursing bras or nursing tanks, so I think I am okay there. As for positions, good idea. I do vary the positions once I get the blister/clog to try to unclog it, but always do the football hold the rest of the time. Maybe if I vary the positions all the time, that will help..worth a shot. Thanks! No response from the LC yet...but I think she is off sunday and mondays. I'll keep ya posted if she has any other ideas.

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I promised I'd update....so....LC FINALLY got back to me yesterday. Not that it was urgent by any means, but that was a long time to return a phone call! SHe had no other words of wisdom. But...since I posted this I have not had another issue (KNOCK ON WOOD!). The only thing I changed was I always start on the "bad"/right side for feedings instead of switching off. I dunno if that solved my issue, or if I'm just having a good run seeing how I never had a bunch of issues before about a month ago. Either way, I'll take it!

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I'm glad it's going better for you! Here's hoping it's not just a fluke!