A plugged duct is a sore, tender lump or knotty area in the breast. It occurs when a milk duct is not draining well, and inflammation builds up. There are many reasons for these problems, but treatment is essentially the same.
Mastitis is a bacterial infection of the breast that usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers. However, it can occur even in women who are not breastfeeding or pregnant, and can occur even in small babies, of either sex.
Dear Lactation Consultant,
I am a breastfeeding mother of a 5-week-old girl. For the first 2 weeks or so breastfeeding was going great. Then I developed mastitis in the right breast, and things have been bad since.
Although the course of antibiotics is complete, the right breast is still sore near the armpit area and seems to be producing way more milk than the left breast. I am afraid to pump it because I fear producing even more milk in that breast.
How can I get my supply in each breast to even out? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!