If you’ve ever had a blocked or plugged duct before, you know it hurts like heck. Once milk gets backed up in the breast, it can quickly become engorged, and if left untreated, develop into the dreaded mastitis.
Supplements to Support a Blocked Milk Duct
Sunflower Lecithin– is a natural fat emulsifier that can help to reduce the “stickiness” of the milk and deter fats from clumping together. It may also loosen existing fatty clogs and improve milk flow. Take 3600-4800 mg lecithin per day, or 1 capsule (1200 milligram) 3-4 times per day. Then slowly reduce the dose over the next week or two after the clogged duct has been resolved. Can be taken on a long term basis if you continually experience issues with plugged milk ducts.
Moringa– has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, supports breast milk production, and flow. Also a good source of vitamins and minerals that support energy levels. Take 2 capsules (1,000 mg) 2-3 times per day. Can be taken long term to support healthy lactation.
Homeopathic Remedies for Blocked Milk Duct
Belladonna– Belladonna works well in the initial stage of inflammation of the breast. The breast is red and very swollen. Throbbing pains accompany the swelling. The pain is worse when lying down. Inflammation of breast after weaning is another strong indication to use Belladonna. Take every 3-4 hours.
Phytolacca-Phytolacca works well for swollen, painful breast with marked soreness. There is a stinging and shooting pain in the breast. Extreme sensitivity and tenderness of the breast are also symptoms. Hardness and a purple hue may also accompany. Nipples may also be cracked. Pain from the breast also radiates to the whole body while nursing the child. Take every 3-4 hours.
Hepar Sulph– Hepar Sulph is a great homeopathic for mastitis when an abscess gets formed. Helps in the drainage of pus without any surgical intervention. This work well in cases of an abscess with pus discharge that may be offensive in nature, intense pain, sensitivity to touch, and chills. Take every 3-4 hours, alternate the time you take this if you are using Belladonna or Phytolacca.
Support your body’s natural healing and aid in the removal of the clog with these therapies.
- Breastfeed or pump frequently to help loosen the blockage.
- Apply heat to the affected area and gently massage, especially before a feeding or pumping session.
- Remove any restrictive clothing, especially a bra.
- Ensure proper latching of baby and contact a lactation consultant if you have any concerns about breastfeeding.
- Dangle feed.
- Cool compress post feed or pump.
- As always, do not hesitate to consult your primary care provider.