5 Effective Ways to Clear Clogged Milk Ducts

Most new mothers experience clogged (plugged) ducts in the first week of breastfeeding. After you give birth, your body works hard to meet the nutrient needs of your baby.

Between 2-5 days after delivery, your body starts producing milk. Your breasts begin to feel tender and fuller when the milk comes in.

All the excess blood and fluids that are needed to make milk are stored in breasts tissues making your breasts bigger and sometimes hard like a stone.

Just express a little to lessen discomfort. I found hand expressing less painful than using a pump.


With manual expression, I can find lumps or clots in the breasts and gently massage over these spots to drain them. Also, when your breasts are super hard, using a pump can be crucifying.

Keep breastfeeding! That's probably not you wanted to hear. I know how much you want to give your breasts a break but continuing to breastfeed is the best.

2.Breastfeed on time or on-demand

Don't be afraid to try different nursing positions to see what works better for you and your baby. Avoid introducing bottles pacifiers to your baby, as this might create nipple confusion.

Applying heat to the breast gets the milk flowing and opens up clogged ducts. It can be difficult for your baby to latch correctly when your breasts are fuller and nipples are flattened out.


Using cold compress helps relieve swelling and discomfort. You can use washcloth wrapped with ice cubes or even a frozen bag of peas.


Using cold compress between feeding can help mitigate pain. Many women swear by the power of cabbage leaves.

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All material provided is for your information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Please consult your doctor.