Since you've started nursing, you've had to worry about things like getting the perfect latch, producing enough milk, and finding the best way to nurse inconspicuously at your favorite restaurant. But now, you've found that painful lumps in your breasts make nursing almost completely unbearable. If your sore, painful breasts are making it difficult for you to nurse, you should know some hacks for cleaning a clogged milk duct.
According to Baby Center, clogged milk ducts often occur when your breasts are producing milk faster than you are emptying them. The backup can cause a hard lump to form in the breast, along with swelling, redness, and tenderness. In addition to being extremely painful, a clogged milk duct can lead to an infection, as Mama Natural pointed out.
But there are some simple things you can do to soothe your discomfort. A warm shower, a hot compress, and even changing the type of bra you wear can help unclog your ducts and get your milk flowing normally again. Most importantly, you should continue to nurse or pump as normal. Emptying your breasts is the best way to give yourself some much-needed relief.
Before you get ready to throw in the towel with nursing, give some of these natural hacks to relieve clogs a try. If you don't find relief or believe you have a more serious infection, be sure to check with your doctor.