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Monday, 9 December 2013

Breast Feeding - Plugged Duct - Symptoms and Causes

Plugged duct is a condition in which a milk duct is not draining well that leads to sore, tender lump or knotty area in the breast. If the plugged duct if left untreated, it can lead to pressure building up resulting of inflammation to the surrounding tissue, causing breast infection or mastitis.

Symptoms
1. The breast plugged happens gradually only to on one breast at a time.
2. Sore, tender breast or lump in the breast
3. Usually sore before feeding and less after feeding
4. Painful breast
5. Decrease milk supply due to milk being blocked
6. Fever due to infection or inflammation.
7. Etc.

Causes
1. Improper breast feeding position
2. Wearing too tight bra can cause plugged duct as a result of compression.
3. Baby can not suck well due to prenatal health problem
4. Blockage of the nipple
5. Too much milk supple
6. Milk produced does not drain well after feeding
7. Using a pump that's not powerful enough.
8. Stress reduces your body's production of oxytocin, the hormone that control the release of milk.
9. It can be caused by weaning of your baby, if you are bottle feeding for some other reason
10. Etc.