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How are blocked milk ducts treated?

Blocked ducts can often unblock by themselves after a day or two. Massage and warm compresses, soaking the breast in warm water, improving feeding technique, more frequent feeds, continuing to breastfeed, and resting and cuddling with your baby can help unblock the duct. Pain-relief and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to help relieve symptoms.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 14 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Breastmilk engorgement


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