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How to Treat and Prevent Recurrent Plugged Milk Ducts

Elena Leppard

how to prevent and treat plugged milk ducts
Any nursing mother would agree, Mastitis is the WORST!   The fever and the pain, I think I may have PTSD because I cringe every time I even think about it.  Mastitis is usually brought on by a few things: an ill fitting bra, cracked or bleeding nipples, exhaustion, or skipped feedings and not fully emptied breasts that lead to plugged ducts.  For whatever reason, I was plagued with Mastitis from the onset of nursing my first baby.  It then seemed that I was fighting a vicious cycle of recurrent plugged ducts.   
 
I tried everything: meeting with lactation consultants, changing my bra, nursing in different positions, being sure to nurse until empty, and any other suggestion I could find as I scoured the internet. Finally I found my answer: LECITHIN.
 
 Lecithin can supposedly decrease the viscosity or “stickiness” of the milk by increasing the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the milk.  Translation: it helps keep the milk flowing.
 
Lecithin can be found naturally in soybeans, peanuts, meat, whole grains, and milk.  It is also available in supplement form.  I followed Kellymoms dosage recommendations.
 
 
And guess what?  It worked!  Whenever I could feel a plugged duct starting, I would begin taking a Lecithin supplement and never got Mastitis again for the duration of my nursing journey.
 
Happy Nursing, Mamas! 
 
*Note:  please consult a doctor of lactation consultant before taking this, or any other supplements.    

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