By Sarah JioSee why minor lifestyle tweaks can make a major difference for your overall well-being
Does it ever feel like you have to spend hours and hours at the gym, change your diet dramatically or jump way out of your comfort zone to reap any rewards in the health department? Think again. Our experts say that these small changes can have significant health payoffs.
1. Floss more often.
According to Robert Emami, DDS, chief of staff at Dental Specialties, a multispecialty practice...
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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