Most of the time, women can breastfeed with ease. But some women may need to overcome roadblocks before they breastfeed successfully.
Blocked ducts is one of those roadblocks. What does a blocked duct feel like though?
The breast has ducts that radiate around the areola. These ducts carry milk from the lobes (milk production site) to the nipple. Sometimes, these ducts become blocked, and lumps form behind them from the build up of milk.
Your breasts may become firm and engorged in this area. You may feel very tender and sore. You might see some redness over the area.
Every breastfeeding experience is different and sometimes there is no clear reason as to why milk ducts block.
Sometimes you need another approach. Skilled practitioners can help you to move the lumps and drain the region of breast congestion. Ultrasound Therapy and hands-on massage skills to assist your recovery, by Osteopaths with years of experience treating mastitis and other breastfeeding conditions (engorgement, blebs, blocked ducts). Find out more here.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Dept.