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March 1st, 2011, 07:21 AM
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My son is 10 months and over the last 6 weeks we've been weaning. He's really lost interest in nursing during the day though he still likes to at night. Anyway I am pretty sure I have a clogged duct on my right side.... I've got a huge, sore lump on the side of my boob and I can't get it to express. I've tried hot compresses, a heat pad, a hot shower, and I keep offering that side to him but he refuses to nurse. I do have a Medela single electric pump but that is not helping wither.

It's only been 24 hours... but it is starting to really hurt! Anything else I should try? At what point should I call my doctor?
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March 1st, 2011, 07:52 AM
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Do you have a white spot on your nipple, not the areola but the actual tip of your nip? I had a really terrible clogged duct about 10 days ago and found that I had a milk blister (or nipple pore plug blister thing) I popped it with a lancet and milk came POURING out.
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March 1st, 2011, 09:09 AM
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You can do some heat on the breast, then get into a very hot shower and try to do breast compressions to get the dried milk out.

As far as weaning, babies will not self wean before 18-24 months at the earliest, so you may be mistaking him being more active and to distracted to nurse with weaning. Try to minimize distractions and offer the breast more often. Breastmilk should be the bulk of his calories/nutrition for the first year. Also offer the breast prior to solids.


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March 1st, 2011, 10:51 AM
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Thanks ladies!

I'm doing everything I can to keep him interested in nursing, and would love to continue longer! I do need to wean soon anyway for my own health issues.

I don't see a blister or any indication of a problem at the nipple. Sigh. But this lump is killing me and now it is hurting into my armpit and down my side. Ugh!
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March 1st, 2011, 12:55 PM
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if it gets worse or you get a fever or flu-like symptoms call your dr/ob immediately for antibiotics, if it gets like that, it has turned into mastitis.
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March 1st, 2011, 04:42 PM
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I started running a fever tonight and feel like crap.... and wow this hurts!!!!!!!! I called my OB/GYN and got the NP on call, she said to compress it and call first thing in the am.

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March 1st, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Hang in there!

here is where i learned about the breast compression

PLUGGED MILK DUCTS
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March 1st, 2011, 05:52 PM
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thank you, the link was really helpful!!!

I have been lucky in that I've not run into a single issue BFing, up to this point. But wow I can see how people get discouraged when they have problems like this early on.
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