A plugged duct (clogged milk duct) can happen at any time during your nursing relationship. However, they tend to happen in women with abundant milk supplies or when nursing is interrupted for some reason (Did baby actually sleep through the night?)
Take action right away in order for this not to develop into the breast infection called mastitis.
Nurse, nurse, nurse your baby!
Especially on the affected side. I tried nursing starting with the sore breast first every time just to make sure I was emptying it (and pumped if I needed to relieve the other side!)
Try warm washcloths on your breasts for comfort if you can. Go to bed with your baby and worry about nothing but nursing your baby and getting some extra rest.
If you not see improvement very soon, or should you feel feverish or have the chills, call your doctor right away. You may have developed into mastitis. I had this several times and while it will be unpleasant for you, it should not affect your breastfeeding.
It will not harm your baby to continue nursing during your breast infection even if you must take antibiotics. Most antibiotics are considered safe drugs for breastfeeding moms.
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