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#1 MsLaurie

Posted 01 February 2019 - 10:54 AM

Bub 2 is 4 weeks, and has been feeding like a champ from the beginning.

But I keep getting blocked ducts on my left breast, on the inner side. Sometimes up high, sometimes right near the nipple. Gets hot and firm and visibly red and quite painful. Tends to resolve with 48 hours, but has happened several times already.

Any ideas on how to stop this happening?

Things i’ve tried so far with no clear change in pattern of blocks developing:
* Feeding with and without nipple shield
* Traditional hold and football hold
* Leaning over so my boob sort of dangles down
* Warm cloth, stroking and gentle pressure in the shower
* Cool cloth, stroking and gentle pressure
* Crop top bra, standard maternity bra, no bra.

Any suggestions? I never had this with bub1, and certainly not every few days!!

#2 Bono25

Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:21 AM

Could you try to pump a little to move the milk through?  The only thing that worked for me was massaging in the shower to try and break the clot up so bubs could suck it out.  And also massaging during feeding to try and push it down.

I remember the agony well.  Good luck, I hope it settles down soon.

#3 Steggles66

Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:44 PM

It sounds like you’re trying all the right things. If it’s any consolation my second bub is almost four months and for the first 6-8 weeks of feeding I was having a similar issue but haven’t had a blockage for at least 6 weeks so just wanted to let you know that hopefully there’s light at the end of the tunnel and it hopefully won’t be an ongoing issue for you.

Also consider calling the ABA helpline for any further tips.

#4 MillyMoo99

Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:18 PM

You could try ultrasound to see if it helps. I went through a physio for my recurring blocked ducts

#5 Evra

Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:25 PM

You poor thing, it’s the worst! Things that helped me were using a heat pack or warm gel pad right before a feed, also massaging during feeding. Try offering the affected side first when Bub is really hungry. Also - and sorry if this is TMI, but I believe I did read it in an EB article - use a vibrator to massage the blockage!
If you start getting fever you might need the gp for antibiotics.
Hope it gets better!

#6 Lunafreya

Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:53 PM

I was constantly fighting blocked ducts when I was breastfeeding my son. Only thing that seemed to work for stubborn ones was a hot shower, no matter what time it was.

Keep an eye out for mastitis, it can creep up on you very suddenly! You can be well in the morning and very sick by the afternoon

#7 DragonsGrace

Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:17 PM

Check for blebs. I often found that if I was getting the same duct blocked that I needed to clear a bleb. Once I knew what to look for and how to get rid of it I stopped getting blocked ducts. I used sterile needles (ivf so had s supply) but there are quite a few different ways to try and get rid of them

#8 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:20 PM

I found the aba helpline great and their website.
It’s common in second children and if there is an oversupply. I got it heaps with my second.

Dangle feeding can help clear them too.
Also this was fantastic too.

#9 lucky 2

Posted 02 February 2019 - 04:07 PM

I'd suggest getting an appointment with a lactation consultant asap.
Recurrent blocked ducts on one side would suggest your baby has trouble removing milk from that breast or/and that breast isn't functioning well but either way I'd get expert help in a hurry.
PPS have mentioned remedies, IE therapeutic ultrasound but I'd get a proper assessment first.
If you've had redness in the breast, did you feel unwell or have fever or chills?
You might need to see a GP as you might need medical treatment such as antibiotics.
Perhaps express after each feed on that side to help milk removal.
If your baby's latch is better with the shield then use it.
I hope you get to the bottom of why this is happening and get well soon.

#10 Ozbird

Posted 03 February 2019 - 03:51 PM

I keep getting blocked ducts on my left side, same place. I find hot shower, offerering loads of feeds on that side and massage while feeding usually does the trick. I am getting concerned that it keeps happening in the same place though. Have read it may be improper latch, and my LO generally doesn’t like the left so it gets much less stimulation than the right.
Oh, dangle nursing and a vibrator if all else fails. If you don’t have a vibrator you can use the end of an electric toothbrush.

#11 MsLaurie

Posted 03 February 2019 - 04:39 PM

Hmmm after reading that link above to KellyMom, i’m thinking a possible cause might be my cross-body handbag. The placement would be almost exact.

Going to try switching to putting my bag in the pram basket or carrying it with a short strap and see if that stops the reoccurrence. Hopefully the current block will go with heat/massage/feeding. It does seem a little smaller today so hopefully...!

#12 Lerato76

Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:16 PM

If you’re struggling to get rid of any lumps after massage etc, soak the affected side in some Epsom salts water in a shallow bowl. Helps to draw any lumps out

#13 MsLaurie

Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:19 PM

Update- went to an osteopath who specialises in breast massage and therapeutic ultrasound... who took one look and went WOAH not something I can treat, see your GP TODAY. Got a squeeze-in appointment with the GP who took one look and immediately called the local imaging place to get a diagnostic ultrasound with a view to possible surgery!!
So despite my lack of flu symptoms, and feeling fine apart from pain just in one spot, apparently I in fact have an abscess, and i’m now on strong antibiotics, and may yet need the abscess cleared out surgically! Dramatic day really!

#14 Steggles66

Posted 05 February 2019 - 03:59 PM

Oh golly MsLaurie! Good luck with the treatment!

#15 Ozbird

Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:57 PM

Oh goodness, sounds like you had a hell of a time but you followed your instinct and probably good job you did.
I hope you recover quickly. Let us know how you get on xxx

#16 MsLaurie

Posted 15 February 2019 - 09:23 PM

Further update - have ended up seeing a breast surgeon who aspirated the abscess, and am currently on my second round of antibiotics. Review with the surgeon the other day suggests it’s on the mend, which is great.
Weirdly I have still not had any feverish symptoms or anything other than pain at the site!

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