Expressing creating blocked ducts??

Discussion in 'Breastfeeding' started by Lownthwaite, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Lownthwaite

    Lownthwaite 1DD and cooking #2!

    Sep 8, 2009
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    I am expressing every few days (sometimes 2 or 3 days in a row, others one day express, one day not) trying to build up a freezer stock for LO for when I return to work in March.

    I didn't think anything of it to begin with as just thought it was coincidental but I think there is a pattern now............I think expressing is creating a reoccuring blocked milk duct in my left breast. It is fine and not blocked when just feeding but when I go to express - a few hours later I'm finding the same sore blocked duct.

    Anyone else get this? I'm using an electric pump and pumping till the milk flow stops plus 2 mins.

    Is it because I'm not regular or routined in pumping because this isn't always possible with day to day activities!? :wacko:
  2. blutea

    blutea Guest

    It certainly is possible that pumping could be causing your reoccurring blocked duct. Breast pumps are not as efficient as breastfeeding and may not empty the breast completely. You could breastfeeding immediately after pumping and this might alleviate the problem.

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