Blocked Milk Ducts
Milk ducts in the breast may become blocked during breast-feeding when the breasts are full and not emptied regularly or thoroughly. Blocked milk ducts cause a lump that is sometimes tender and can become infected (mastitis).
Blocked milk ducts may be treated by:
- Breast-feeding more often and in different positions, which helps drain milk from all parts of the breast.
- Breast-feeding from the affected breast first, to move milk through the breast faster.
- Applying moist heat to the area just before breast-feeding and hand-expressing or pumping a small amount of milk.
- Massaging the area, always working toward the nipple, to increase the flow of milk before and during breast-feeding.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||April 12, 2013|