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Cannot breastfeed since breast pores are blocked. Please help.

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Published At October 16, 2014
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My child is 4 months old. Since birth, he is on formula feed because my breast pores have been blocked. I really want to breastfeed him. Please suggest a way to feed my child.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is a common problem which women face. An underwired bra or any kind of pressure on the breast could have caused a plugged milk duct.

It is recommended to position the baby's chin pointing to the lump and to change the baby's feeding position.

Unplug the duct by taking steam or manually preparing the breast for feeding the child, try to unplug it with some moist heat pack, massage, pumping, and nursing.

Once you start feeding, it will start unplugging without any additional effort.

Before nursing, gently massage your breast with hot water steam. Do try this and it will help you a lot.

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Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shilpi Rajnish Gupta
Dr. Shilpi Rajnish Gupta


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