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why do i keep getting a clogged duct in the same place????

this is the first time i have ever gotten a clogged duct and this is the third baby i have nursed. my daughter is now 10 mo and i keep getting a clogged duct in the same place and it really hurts to nurse her on that side. she is quite chubby and usually i do the cradle hold (i think.... or is it the cross cradle hold?). i tried to change position but we cannot find another one that works for us. any suggestions? it really hurts


Asked by princessbeth79 at 8:24 PM on Jul. 14, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (8)
  • Is there any clothing that mighub? Or a bag you carry that hits that spot?Sometimes even a repetitive motion can cause pressure that results in a clog.

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:51 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • You should keep nursing her on the side that clogs. Have you used warm compresses? Do you have a pump? If you do, pump on that breast and use a warm compress and rub the clog towards your nipple. This will help it come out. Even if you don't have a pump, do this anyway, and try to hand express while you do it.

    I don't know why you keep getting them in the same spot, but I think you should try nursing her on that breast in a different position at least once a day. Perhaps the way she is suckling isn't making that part of your breast release the milk. Or maybe you hold her at a slightly different angle on that side.

    Answer by Saya at 8:29 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • It could be a narrow duct in general. And because she may drink more then your previous children, it may be cause a flow issue. That's my guess.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 8:37 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • My suggestion is to warm it with a damp wash cloth before breastfeeding. That may help clear the duct and ease the pain.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 8:37 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • You should also massage that breast when ur baby is not nursing. That should help too.

    Answer by caramellove1974 at 8:43 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Before you breastfeed try massaging the duct or get in a hot shower that will help open up the ducts. Then its usually more comfortable to breastfeed after that. Im thankfull that more moms are breastfeeding there kids keep up the good work and good luck.

    Answer by HeatherJune at 8:50 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I was told to avoid it to hold your breast in the shower and apply a little pressure and push down towards your nipple under the hot water

    Answer by evas_mama2010 at 11:29 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • It could be a bra, your purse or diaper bag, how you carry her, or how you are sleeping. You might try massage on that area every day even when it seems fine for prevention.


    Answer by Gailll at 12:19 AM on Jul. 15, 2010