Milk ducts in the breast may become blocked during breastfeeding
when the breasts are full and not emptied regularly or thoroughly. Blocked milk
ducts cause a lump that is sometimes tender and can become infected
Blocked milk ducts may be treated by:
Breastfeeding more often and in different
positions, which helps drain milk from all parts of the breast.
Breastfeeding from the affected breast first, to move milk
through the breast faster.
Applying moist heat to the area just
before breastfeeding and hand-expressing or pumping a small amount of milk.
Massaging the area, always working toward the nipple, to increase
the flow of milk before and during breastfeeding.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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