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Doctor insights on: Breastfeeding Blocked Ducts

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Once your milk ducts are dry can I start breastfeeding again?

Once your milk ducts are dry can I start breastfeeding again?

Possible, but: It takes a lot of patience and work to relactate, but it can be done. Even moms who have adopted babies have been successful at breastfeeding, so there is hope. Best to hook yourself up with a certified lactation consultant, read up on galactogogues (foods/drinks that help with lactation), get a pump, rest and fluids. Put baby to breast often and pump frequently otherwise. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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I want to stop breastfeeding but keep getting clogged ducts, what do I do?

I want to stop breastfeeding but keep getting clogged ducts, what do I do?

Stop breast feeding: We refer to weaning babies from breast feeding is for the mom, not for the baby. The production of beast milk responds to the demand. By slowly decreasing the demand by weaning , the milk production will decrease in turn. For clogged ducts, try warm compress. You should be able to wean off in a week, the most by two weeks. ...Read more

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Feel lumps in breasts close to nipples. Not rock hard, but also not squishy. They seem to move a bit. I'm breastfeeding and dr says it's milk ducts?

Feel lumps in breasts close to nipples. Not rock hard, but also not squishy. They seem to move a bit. I'm breastfeeding and dr says it's milk ducts?

Probably!: Lumps and bumps during breastfeeding are very common, and most often a result of clogged ducts. Regular breast feeding, or pumping, with the help of warm compresses are the best ways to help prevent and treat these clogged ducts. However, any lump that doesn't improve in 72 hours, redness, fevers, or intense pain should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is clogged milk duct and can I still breast feed?

What is clogged milk duct and can I still breast feed?

See below: The milk duct becomes swollen and milk can't pass. You can still breast feed however. ...Read more

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I have a lump in right arm pit and havea bit of trouble breastfeeding on that side, plugged duct, and soreness. Could the lump be related?

Yes : A plugged duct can be the trigger for mastitis which is an infectious process. It can start slow but can progress to fever and general symptoms almost like the flu, in addition to breast soreness and redness. The armpit is full of lymph nodes which will swell if there is an infection. Mastitis requires antibiotic treatment. An exam can determine if that is developing and if the two are related. ...Read more

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6 mos pp & breastfeeding. 3 days mild aches, right breast tender underneath, increased urge incontinence but no pain. Clogged duct/irritated bladder?

6 mos pp & breastfeeding. 3 days mild aches, right breast tender underneath, increased urge incontinence but no pain. Clogged duct/irritated bladder?

2 symptoms unrelated: Breast tenderness might be an early sign of local infection. If it continues, seeing a md/nurse might be wise urgency if accompanied by frequency, low volumes and getting up often at night might be due to a bladder infection. A urine test will confirm or deny. ...Read more

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Can I have a blocked milk duct 2 1/2 years after stopping breast feeding?

Can I have a blocked milk duct 2 1/2 years after stopping breast feeding?

Yes. : Women of any age can get blocked ducts and mastitis. It may go away on its own, but for more information please see this very helpful website: <a href="http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BD-M" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BD-M</a> ...Read more

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Could i get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago?

Could i get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago?

Blocked duct: A blocked milk duct can occur at any time, regardless of breast feeding status, although more commonly occurs during breast feeding. If there is associated discharge and it looks like anything other than milk, must see your doctor to assess. If area very painful, skin red, sore to touch, may have developed abcess and this may need drainage. ...Read more

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I wouldn't get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago, could i, what to do?

Yes. : Women of any age can get blocked ducts and mastitis. It may go away on its own, but for more information please see this very helpful website: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BD-M ...Read more

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If you had ductal cancer while breast feeding, wouldn't you get mastitis since the duct is blocked by the tumor?

If you had ductal cancer while breast feeding, wouldn't you get mastitis since the duct is blocked by the tumor?

Not necessarily: It is certainly a possibility but not a certainty. Mastitis is caused by infection, so bacteria would have to somehow get past the blockage to cause the mastitis. ...Read more

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Can Chiari w/blocked CSF flow cause high Prolactin levels? Not pregnant breastfeeding or producing milk

Can Chiari w/blocked CSF flow cause high Prolactin levels? Not pregnant breastfeeding or producing milk

Not usually: Chiari malformations typically do not cause high prolactin levels. Ironically, Chiari-Frommel Syndrome (not a Chiari malformation) IS associated with hyperprolactinemia, but that is a post-pregnancy issue with associated pituitary adenoma. ...Read more

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If you can't breastfeed, how can you get rid of the milk so you don't get engorged milk ducts?

If you can't breastfeed, how can you get rid of the milk so you don't get engorged milk ducts?

Usually stops on own: You will stop producing milk if you do not breastfeed and do not pump breastmilk. There are medications your doctor can prescribe if necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if i breastfeed and lately a duct in my left breast keeps getting clogged?

What to do if i breastfeed and lately a duct in my left breast keeps getting clogged?

Pressure/position: Sometimes a particular area gets clogged because we put pressure on it, for instance, straps from baby front carriers can do this for some sensitive women. Also, the way we hold baby to nurse them sometimes either doesn't drain one duct well or puts pressure. Make sure you are not pushing on the breast in that area with your hand or a tight piece of clothing. ...Read more

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What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast. ?

What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast. ?

Worrisome: Becca, this can be a number of things. It can be inflamed milk ducts if you have been pregnant or have breastfed in the last year. Infection can cause this, as can lymphedema (blocked lymph glands causing fluid to build up). A blood clot in a vein in your chest or arm can cause this. Last, certain breast cancers appear like this, so please see a doctor as soon as possible! ...Read more

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I used a hot compress on my breast to help block milk ducts. (Breast feeding) now my breast are very tender and painful. Why & what do I do now?

I used a hot compress on my breast to help block milk ducts. (Breast feeding) now my breast are very tender and painful. Why & what do I do now?

Mastitis: You need to get in touch with your OB and let them know. It is not uncommon with breast feeding women to get blocked milk ducts - this can be very tender. If a secondary infection occurs due to the blocked ducts, this is called mastitis and may require antibiotics to treat. Don't delay, call your doctor and let them know what's going on.(There will be somebody on-call for them if it's after hours) ...Read more

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Stopped breast feeding; been 4 days.Have clogged ducts. Using cabbage leaves.Can i massage the clogged ducts? Will it stimulate more milk production?

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Stopped breast feeding; been 4 days.Have clogged ducts. Using cabbage leaves.Can i massage the clogged ducts? Will it stimulate more milk production?

Go see the familydoc: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to see if you are developing an infection in the breasts. Duct ectasia can feel like a small lump just under your nipple. The nipple and areola may become tender and irritated, and turn pink or red. You will see thick, sticky discharge from your nipple. This discharge is benign, and can be black, grey or greenish in color. You may need an ultrasound. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a stopped up milk duct 24 years after breast feeding? I am a 44 year old female who hasn't breast fed in 14 years and had a hystorectomy about 8-10 years ago. Two days ago my right breast was extremely sore. Upon examination a m

What could be the cause of a stopped up milk duct 24 years after breast feeding? I am a 44 year old female who hasn't breast fed in 14 years and had a hystorectomy about 8-10 years ago. Two days ago my right breast was extremely sore. Upon examination a m

It : It sounds like you may be dealing with an infection, and what looked like milk to you may have been pus. It is not uncommon for women to experience a nipple abscess at any age. I suggest you schedule a visit with your primary care provider. After a history an exam, a diagnosis can be made. If it is infectious, then appropriate antibiotics will be started. Good luck. ...Read more

Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more