What you can do:
- Breastfeed often on the affected side, as often as every two hours. This helps loosen the plug, and keeps the milk moving freely.
- Massage the area, starting behind the sore spot. Use your fingers in a circular motion and massage toward the nipple.
- Use a cold compress on the sore area.
- Get extra sleep or relax with your feet up to help speed healing. Often a plugged duct is the first sign that a mother is doing too much.
- Wear a well-fitting supportive bra that is not too tight, because this can constrict milk ducts. Consider trying a bra without underwire.
If your plugged duct doesn't loosen up, ask for help from a lactation consultant. Plugged ducts can lead to a breast infection.
Updated June 6, 2016