What To Do With A Blocked Milk Duct?
What to do with a blocked milk duct?
What to do with a blocked milk duct? When a blockage occurs in one of your milk ducts most women will want to rub the area firmly to the point of hard to release the blockage much like you would with a deep tissue massage. However the ductal system lies superficial to the skin in line with our lymphatic system so in applying hard pressure to this area can not only be incredibly uncomfortable or painful, it can actually damage your ductal system and create a larger issue.
To effectively shift a blockage you need to apply SOFT NOT HARD pressure.
I often prescribe specific and targeted breast massage (depth: think stroking a cat), heat (as long as the breast isn’t in a mastitic phase), altering feeding position so that baby’s little chin can massage the blockage and finally a vibrator or vibrating toothbrush where I advise my clients to gently massage the vibrating head over the blockage.
If you have any concerns surrounding feeding or any pain please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 5474 9093 to make an appointment with one of our lactation physiotherapists Alice Mackenzie or Libby Whyatt.
For more info on breastfeeding go to the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) website.