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Relieving the blockage in the milk duct is an effective way to decrease the pain and swelling. To clear blocked breast ducts try:
Breastfeeding frequently—Breastfeeding with mastitis is not harmful to the baby. Talk to your doctor if you are also taking medications though, to make sure the medications are not harmful to your baby.
Offering the baby the inflamed breast first to promote complete emptying of infected breast
Using a breast pump to express milk
Applying warm compresses to breasts or taking a warm shower prior to feeding to stimulate milk ejection reflex
Massaging the inflamed breast before feeding
Positioning your infant so his or her chin points towards the blockage to promote emptying of the blockage
To reduce pain and swelling in the breast:
Apply ice compresses to the affected area of your breast after breastfeeding.
Consider using over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by your doctor.
Be sure to ask your doctor what pain relievers are safe for you and your baby. Taking aspirin is not advised during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Antibiotics may be used to treat the infection. They may help cure the infection or reduce the risk of more serious but rare complications such as blood infection. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about which antibiotics are best for you to take so you can continue to breastfeed.
If mastitis does not respond to antibiotics, a localized collection of pus called an abscess might be present. This is usually treated with other antibiotics and a drainage procedure or surgery.
If you are diagnosed with mastitis, follow your doctor's
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