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Let’s talk Lecithin, massage, and plugged milk ducts. (Clogs)
A plugged duct can happen when the milk ducts in the breast tissue become blocked. When milk is not drained fully from the breast after feeding, pumping or when there is too much pressure inside the breast (engorgement) and the milk ejection reflex can’t happen to the full extent. Breastmilk gets backed up inside the duct and the milk may start to thicken and not flow easily. It can feel like there is a lump in the breast, from pea size to a whole breast quadrant or full breast if suffering from engorgement from not emptying properly. This can happen anywhere in the breast tissue or even up to the shoulders and armpits! I personally have milk ducts reaching back that far!
Clogs can lead to mastitis and even abscesses in the breast tissue... another whole topic and so let’s avoid those complications at all costs. If you think you have mastitis see a healthcare professional immediately!
So... what causes these clogs?
Some examples might be:
* Poor latch or latch techniques and insufficient emptying of the breast tissue by your baby.
* Improper flange size when pumping.
* Not fully emptying after nursing, or pumping.
* Tight bras or bras with underwire.
* Dehydration * Menstrual Cycle, ovulation, and hormone fluctuations including birth control for some.
* A pump that is inadequate.
* Sleeping on your stomach, therefore your chest also, or on your side if you have milk ducts that reach further back.
* Having an oversupply.
* Missing a pump session or nursing session.
* Waiting long periods of time between emptying the breast tissue. * Weaning too quickly.
* Poor breast massage techniques.
* Developing breast tissue and ducts that don’t fully form or empty well. (This can cause an abscess)
Ok cool. That’s a lot of things that can cause some serious damage to my breastfeeding journey. Now how can I combat this?
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