Help clog not clearing and already on medication

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2013
Help clog not clearing and already on medication
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Thu, 09-19-2013 - 9:38am

My daughter is 2 months old and I've had some blebs and clogs already that I've taken care on my own.  This is also my second child I nursed my first for 15 months with recurrent blebs and clogs.  This started over a week ago.  I had a bleb on one breast was able to open it and keep the milk flowing but all of a sudden saturday it refused to open, I finally got it open after soaking in salt water.  Softened it and opened it, everything was fine till the next morning I woke up and my other breast was hurting which I'm just going to say I did not neglect the other one while I was taking care of the bleb.    By sunday afternoon  half my breast was red and I had a fever and nothing I was doing was getting the not obvious clog out.  Went to the doc on monday and got a prescription.  It took care of my fever but not the clog.  I still have the clog and I'm still soaking it and doing hot compresses  all the time which is not easy when you have a 3 year old in the house.  Feedings are taking forever bc now I need to take care of both sides plus feed frequently.  I'm going crazy and this clog is not gone.  I thought even if I wasnt doing all the other stuff the clog should still be relieved with the medication.  What is going on?!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999

I don't have a suggestion for hte current clog unfortunately, but I would suggest looking into lecithin tablets going forward, they thin out the milk just a bit to help prevent build ups and clogs.  I never had an issue with clogs with my middle one, but with my last one I did get them frequently.  Luckily none went as far as an infection or anything, but after a few small ones and some pain, someone here suggested the lecithin.  Hopefully someone else will have a suggestion for the current clog.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 12:50pm

Welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by!!

I'm sorry you've been dealing with recurrent plugs and mastitis. Is there any chance you might be dealing with oversupply? That can make some moms more prone to plugs.

If you're just one of those unlucky moms who is just prone to plugs, I would definitely suggest considering a lecithin supplement. It's a natural substance available in most health food stores or places with a decent supplement section. Many moms do find that it helps a find with treating current plugs and preventing new ones. Here's a link with lots of good information: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/lecithin/

I hope that helps!
Dana

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2013

Over supply has been an issue this time around.  My milk came in less than 24 hours after she was born.  I basically had managed to regulate it but she started sleeping longer recently so I think that's the cause for most of my problems at the moment. 

Thank you for the suggestion of lecithin is that something I should ask my doctor if I can take it with the medication first?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2013

Also wondering if anyone knows if the clog should just go away with the medication bc nothing I'm doing is working and I've been on the medication for about 3 days now

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 5:12pm
Unless your doctor is an expert on BFing, I doubt he/she will know much about lecithin. My OB who is relatively open minded about all things natural had no knowledge of it when I brought it up. According to Web MD it has no known interaction problems, so you should be safe taking it along side your currently prescribed medication, but I would as a caution mention it to your doctor when you are in next just to let them know that you are taking it.
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008

What kinds of oversupply symptoms have you been seeing? Have you done uphill nursing or block feeding to try to tame the oversupply or has it just been diminishing on its own? 

Yes, Tracy is correct that there are no known interactions with lecithin as it's not a medication. You'll actually see lecithin on the ingredient list of many foods. It's typically added to foods and mixes for texture purposes.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-18-2013

Engorgement was a problem for a while not so much anymore only in the mornings once in a while.  For the first month she wanted to feed every hour I was lucky if she fed every other then I began to realize I was her pacifier so I stopped that.  I was pumping in the mornings and nights after she fed and getting 10 oz a day.  I slowly stopped the night pump, now I'm just down to the morning one, which I thought I could stop as well and then this happened so I guess not.  

I actually have never heard the terms uphill nursing before sorry.

So the doctors tell you to "empty" your breasts out every few hours.  Now obiously I'm nursing more frequently to get the clog out.  But I'm not waking her up at night to eat and I'm not going to pump in between feedings bc isn't that just going to continue the cycle.  The more milk I tell my body to make the more its going to continue making and then I have too much again and more clogs.  Am I right about this?

Also I'm just wondering should the medication have already cleared the clog?  I've been on it for 3 and a half days.  I also have been doing everything that I've read about and can think of doing to clear it and its still there.  I don't think as bad but not gone

Thank you both for the info on the lecithin I'm going to pick it up tom and try it out