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How can I treat a clogged milk duct at home?

A clogged milk duct sometimes occurs after weaning because, even though you're not nursing, your body is still producing some milk. In fact, women generally continue to produce milk for about 45 days after they've weaned their babies, with some women continuing to produce milk for several months. Since the baby is no longer emptying your breasts, milk can back up in the ducts.

You can treat a clogged milk duct at home by trying the following:

  • Apply heat to the breast(s), such as warm showers, hot wet pads or a small, hot water bottle to loosen the plugged duct.
  • Massage the affected area several times a day while the breast is warm.
  • Pump or express milk in the affected breast.
  • Make sure you're wearing a properly fitted bra. Bras that are too tight can lead to plugged ducts.

If your symptoms get worse, or you develop a fever, see your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

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