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Plugged or Clogged Milk Ducts & Mastitis: The Latest Treatment Tips

Plugged or Clogged Milk Ducts & Mastitis: The Latest Treatment Tips

What is a Clogged or Blocked Milk Duct, and how does it feel?

A plugged or clogged milk duct usually feels like a hard, tender swelling in the breast which can vary in size from a pea to a peach and may feel painful while breastfeeding. Plugged ducts occur when milk flow is restricted, or there is a delay in removal of milk, resulting in poor drainage of the breast.  An untreated plugged or clogged duct can quickly lead to a painful bacterial infection in the breast called mastitis. The latest updated tips below will hopefully help you clear the plug and avoid the onset of mastitis.

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Deep Latch Technique

Deep Latch Technique
In order to get milk from the breast, the baby must latch onto the breast. The word "latch" describes the way a baby takes the breast into his/her mouth. The better the latch, the more easily the baby gets mother's milk. The following "deep latch technique" can help your baby feed more easily. It can also prevent damaged and sore nipples. Continue reading