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What are risks of having a plugged duct?

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None: most plugged ducts will go away within a couple of days without developing into mastitis, if noticed promptly and treated aggressively.
If the milk flows freely through the ducts, bacteria is flushed out and doesn’t have a chance to multiply. Milk that stagnates in the ducts allows bacteria to grow. The first step in treating a plugged duct is to empty your breasts frequently/completely.

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None: most plugged ducts will go away within a couple of days without developing into mastitis, if noticed promptly and treated aggressively.
If the milk flows freely through the ducts, bacteria is flushed out and doesn’t have a chance to multiply. Milk that stagnates in the ducts allows bacteria to grow. The first step in treating a plugged duct is to empty your breasts frequently/completely.
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