So, yesterday I noticed that even after a feeding, there was a spot in my right breast that still feels very full, and was a little sore. It's still there today, and I tried to pump this morning, but it's still there. I've done some massage while pumping, and I'm using warm compresses right now. What else can I do? What happens if there is a clogged duct?
If you have a clogged duct that isn't helped by baby's nursing, then my advice would be to take a HOT shower. During the shower, massage your breast. Use very firm motions starting from above the ducts down toward the nipple. This will probably hurt. You may have to massage hard enough that you'll be sore later from the massage. You'll be able to tell when the duct unclogs though. The milk will come gushing out of your nipple and you'll no longer feel the hard lump.
Be careful though. If you have a fever, don't do the hot shower/massage thing. If you have a fever or if you feel generally sick, then you might have mastitis in which case you should see a doctor.
Good luck. I hope you're more comfortable soon!
I second the advice you have gotten so far. Lots of massaging and yes it usually hurts, but is worth it for the relief. I got them a lot when I was nursing my son. Also try to position the baby so that the chin is pointing to the clogged area, helps to work it out. Hope it resolves itself soon. I also took lethicin to make me less prone to the clogs.
Ahhh... I think it's going away! Finley took a really long nap- 2 hours- and then I woke her up at that and then nursed her while massaging the breast. I'd been putting warm/hot compresses on that breast all afternoon, and the lump is gone! Yay! I'm glad. Heidi, I've had mastitis before- three times in 4 months with DD #1, but thankfully not with Finley yet, so I know how that goes- my fever shoots straight up to about 104, so I'm glad this isn't mastitis!
Thanks for all the advice ladies!