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Blocked ducts and lumps

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    I try to massage it, squeeze it, press it... till my hands get tired. I think it is getting worse now since my baby is sleeping for longer stretch. Sometime he sleeps at 10pm, and wakes up at 5 or 6pm. My breasts get then all rock hard and leaking in the morning. And my right breast has so much milk that usually doesn't get empty even after a feed.
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    Do you usually just get the blocked ducts on one side? Maybe you could feed more on that side and less on the other? As long as you are careful not to get blocked ducts on the other side...

    One other option is that you could pump at midnight or so, that way you don't have to go so long between feeds...

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    Thanks. I may try that.

    I have had mastitis on both side. Probably the problem is that I haven't cleared up lumps from my previous blocked ducts.... So it may worth having someone to do that for me. In the future I will try to be more careful and check that no lump remain after a feed.
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    I found the best was to massage while breastfeeding.

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    Hot showers with massaging helps as do a warm compress before feeding or pumping gently massage the blockage during feeding...sometimes I would get my hubby to do that.

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    yes, massaging breasts in hot showers are very helpful and it's true - a baby's suck for 15 minutes works 10 times better than sitting with a pump for 30 minutes. I do also pump though and also massage while baby is sucking if I feel lumps.

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    By the way, how do I know sometime if what I am feeling are lumps or breast tissues?
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    Breast tissue should be soft, lumps are not normal and should be checked out!!

    If the lump is due to a blocked duct, it will be painful in that spot. Breast tissue shouldn't be painful, even when you press on it.

    If you ever can't clear a lump by breastfeeding/pumping etc then it may not be a blocked duct and it could be something worse - get it checked out by a doctor!!

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