How to Treat and Prevent Recurrent Plugged Milk Ducts

January 02, 2018    /      Elena Leppard    /    0 comments

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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