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Breastfeeding & Pain: Engorgement, Clogged Ducts, and Painful Latch

Dana C.
DANA C.
Lactation Consultant
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Feeding baby should never hurt—just ask Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka. All of your pain-related questions are up for discussion, so ask away!

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Blocked Ducts
AMY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My baby won't nurse so I am just pumping. I think I have blocked ducts but I have applied heat and massaged and pumped and my production is still down on my left breast where I feel the hard spots. What else can I do to unblock them?

Dana
DANA

Treatment is indeed warm moist heat and massage and frequent emptying. I find that hot showers are better than hot compresses - you can put olive oil on your hands and try and massage in shower and then again while pumping. You can also use the butt of an electric toothbrush to massage - this sometimes
Does the trick. If they are very stubborn, you may want to consider seeing a physical therapist that specializes in women - your OB should have a referral for you.

KIMBERLY

I bought a reusable heating pad and it helps a lot! I just heat up the beast I’m feeding or pumping with then massage the warm spots 😊

Dana
DANA

Great! Glad you are getting relief.