Advertisement

What are blocked milk ducts?

Blocked or plugged milk ducts occur when milk cannot pass out of the breast. This can cause the duct to become swollen, red and painful. If not treated, the blocked duct can lead to an infection called mastitis or a breast abscess. Both conditions cause breast pain, warmth and redness, and need to be treated by a doctor. Drinking enough water, avoiding tight clothing and nursing bras, emptying milk from your breasts regularly, and applying warm compresses to your breasts before breastfeeding may help prevent blocked milk ducts.

Continue Learning about Breastfeeding A Baby

Ask Dr. Darria: Breastfeeding Has Become Painful. What Can I Do?
Ask Dr. Darria: Breastfeeding Has Become Painful. What Can I Do?
I want to breastfeed my baby, but my nipples have become sore and I’m starting to dread nursing her. I thought this was supposed to be a positive, bon...
Read More
How much breast milk should I produce?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
The goal is to produce 24 ounces of milk each day when your baby is two weeks old. When your baby ...
More Answers
How can I breastfeed my baby who is receiving pasteurized human milk?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
If you'd like to breastfeed your baby in the future, talk to your baby's healthcare provider at the ...
More Answers
Is Breastfeeding Impossible After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Is Breastfeeding Impossible After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.