As a breastfeeding and pumping mom with oversupply, milk duct clogs are my jam. Here are my tricks for getting those painful (and potentially harmful) buggers out:
My Tried and True Method
1) I take ibuprofen and Sunflower Lecithin per the manufacturer’s instructions (please consult a physician before taking any medications.)
2) Take a warm shower and let the water fall on the affected breast
3) Under the water, firmly massage from the clog toward the nipple
4) After the shower, grab your breast pump and a vibrating device (either the mechanical portion of your pump if it’s handheld, an electric toothbrush, a massager, etc.) and pump while holding the vibrating device on the clog. (Add in extra stimulation and letdown phases to your pumping session to ensure as much milk is released possible.)
5) Nurse your baby on the affected breast.
6) If still clogged, place a washcloth in very warm (not scalding) water mixed with Epsom salts. Apply the soaked cloth to the clogged area. Re-soak and reapply 5-6 times.
7) Pump with the vibrating device or breastfeed again.
Once the clog has been released, repeat steps 1-5 at least once a day for three days to ensure the duct doesn’t re-clog.
** Of course, if you experience intense pain, fever, chills, and/or redness at the clogged site, immediately contact your physician. **