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It is great that you are able to provide your baby with breast milk, no matter how the milk gets into your baby's belly!

The best way to unclog a milk duct (ouch! those really hurt) is to use direct heat, massage the area (even though I know this hurts, too), and you can manually express milk from that breast.

As Dr. Tenney said (and my doctor says as well)...keep well hydrated! Any liquid is fine, as long as it is not caffeinated or containing alcohol (both are diuretics). Also, eating lots of fruits and vegetables that have high water-concentration can help hydrate your body.

You can also read the symptoms of mastitis provided above, so that you know when it is time to contact your doctor.

Good luck!

December 6, 2009 - 9:09am


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