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Plugged Milk Ducts

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If you are breastfeeding and feel a tender lump in your breast, your milk ducts may be plugged. This condition is typically caused by going too long without emptying your breasts of milk or if insufficient milk is being removed during feedings.

A physician should check for any lump in your breast. At Jefferson, our obstetricians and gynecologists can help you determine the cause of the lump and whether further tests are needed. If the lump is from a plugged milk duct, our Childbirth Program/Parent Education staff is experienced in dealing with many breastfeeding difficulties and can suggest remedies such as breastfeeding/removing milk often and alternating different feeding positions. Warm compresses to the area or soaking the breast in warm water can also help relieve the condition.