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Is it typical to have one duct swell all the time?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM
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Every other day or so i have one duct on my right breast that swells up and gets hard. I make sure to nurse her on that side as soon as I notice, and I massage the duct... But why the same one every time? And what can I do to prevent it? After all the issues we've had, the last thing I need is a clogged duct!!!
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MonicaV1982
by on Jan. 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Are you nursing her with her nose pointed towards the duct? Perhaps she isn't emptying that duct properly.

srbeusk
by on Jan. 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM
Yes. Most of the time. At night we lay side by side for feeds...

Quoting MonicaV1982:

Are you nursing her with her nose pointed towards the duct? Perhaps she isn't emptying that duct properly.

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collinsmommy0
by on Jan. 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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It's because the clogged duct has a little extra space in it after it gets cleared. The clogged duct expands to hold the trapped milk, then when you clear it the duct can stay inflamed. I have the same thing happen. I do the same thing - just get at it when you can. I don't know how old LO is, but mine hardly ever get clogged now - it gets better with time!

I have also found that when I started bed sharing the clogs came back due to the way I was laying in bed.
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