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Take a warm shower or apply a warm, wet compress several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes. To make a warm compress, soak a hand towel in warm water. Wring out the excess water and place the towel on the affected breast. Cover the compress with a second, dry towel to trap the heat.
Massage over the area of the blocked duct, moving toward the nipple, before and during breast-feeding.
Breast-feed more frequently.
Use a variety of breast-feeding positions.
Feed from the affected breast first. This moves the milk through the breast more effectively, because the baby's sucking is most intense at the beginning of a feeding session.
Take ibuprofen to reduce swelling. Before you take any kind of medicine, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to use while you are breast-feeding.
A blocked duct can become infected
(mastitis). If you have signs of a breast infection
(mastitis), you may need to call your doctor right away.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
April 30, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 30, 2013
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