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What are different home remedies for Blocked Milk Duct?

What are Blocked Milk Ducts?
• Blocked milk ducts occur quite commonly in mothers who breastfeed their babies.
• When a milk duct gets plugged, a tender lump develops under the areola.
• There could be redness around the area of the lump.
• A blocked milk duct can lead to bouts of pain.

Symptoms for Blocked Milk Duct
• A small hardened area in the breast
• Pain and tenderness
• Redness may also be noticed
• Milk supply may reduce temporarily
• Bruising

Home Remedies for Blocked Milk Duct
• Frequent nursing is the best way to get rid of a blockage in the milk ducts.
• It is important to continue even though it causes pain during nursing.
• Complete emptying of the breast will alleviate discomfort and inflammation.
• Begin nursing on the affected side as the sucking action of babies is strongest in the beginning and help remove the blockage.
• If nursing is not enough then a breast pump may be used for draining the remaining milk.
• The pain can be greatly eased through a regular massage of the area.
• Begin by massaging the area outside the breast and then move towards the nipple.
• Castor oil may be used to massage the affected area.
• Place warm compresses such as a heating pad on the affected side before nursing.
• Soaking the breasts in warm water with Epsom salts is a good way to treat milk duct blockages.
• The affected breast may be covered with a warm towel in order to retain the heat.
• Cold packs also help to open the plugged duct, reducing swelling and discomfort.
• Change the nursing position to drain all the ducts.
• Avoid going for long stretches in between feedings.
• Ensure that nursing bras fit comfortably.
• They should be made of cotton.
• Synthetic fibers can aggravate the condition.
• Try to avoid soap directly on the nipple to keep the skin of its natural oils instead of getting dry, chapped, irritated and cracked.
• If the nipples are dry and chapped after feeding, massage a little olive oil on to the nipples.
• Sometimes the baby might use the nipples as teething aid during the teething period which can cause great pain while nursing and especially in this condition. Hence try numbing the baby’s gum by allowing him or her to suck on a refrigerated wash cloth before nursing.
• Taking a warm shower can help ease the pain caused by the blocked duct.

Diet for Blocked Milk Duct
• Daily diet must consist of nutritious foods.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day.
• A healthy intake of vitamin C helps to prevent blockage of the milk ducts.
• It also helps in quick healing in case of an infection.
• Extracts of Echinacea and lecithin are some herbs that can alleviate pain and may be consumed in the form of tea.
• They also promote unclogging of the milk ducts.
• Mild exercise such as walking is also beneficial in reducing discomfort.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding The Nursing Mother’s Companion

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