To all our breastfeeding mums: did you know our women’s health PhysioPro Sophie treats blocked ducts and mastitis?
Sometimes the ducts that carry the milk from deep in the breast to the nipple can become blocked. Milk builds up behind the blockage, resulting in a painful lump.
If the blocked duct is not cleared quickly, milk can be forced into nearby breast tissue, resulting in tissue inflammation called mastitis, and sometimes infection.
Some tips to manage blocked ducts at home are:
- Apply a warm compress to the area before feeds
- Get into a comfortable relaxing position before breastfeeding
- Breastfeed regularly and from the affected side first
- Ensure baby is well attached, and vary the feeding position
- Gently massage the lump towards the nipple during feeds
- Ensure breasts are fully empty: express if needed afterwards
- Apply cool packs to relieve pain and inflammation
Find more information here.
If you are unable to clear the lump within a couple of days, it is time to consult your PhysioPro for further advice and treatments including ultrasound therapy.
If you are feverish or feeling unwell, consult your GP as you may require antibiotic treatment.