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What are blocked milk ducts?
Breastmilk is produced in the mammary glands within the breast, and flows through milk ducts to the nipple. These ducts can become blocked, causing the breast to become tender and sore.
What causes blocked milk ducts?
Milk ducts can get blocked when milk is not drained well from the breast and thickens inside the ducts. Some things that can add to the risk of a duct getting blocked are: going too long without feeding, skipping feeds; poor feeding and attachment technique; …
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 …
Will a blocked milk duct clear on its own?
In most cases, a blocked milk duct will clear on its own within a day or two.
Can blocked milk ducts be prevented?
Good feeding technique, frequent feeds and breast draining, and avoiding pressure on the breast will help prevent blockage of milk ducts.
Will blocked milk ducts keep coming back?
Milk ducts can become blocked again. Some women are more susceptible to this than others.
Are blocked milk ducts serious?
Although it can be painful, a blocked milk duct is not a serious condition. If it does not resolve after two days or so, your doctor may suspect mastitis.
About this article
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