Today I am celebrating a first of my breastfeeding relationship with my daughter. A clogged milk duct. Hurray. My left breast (the dominant one) is swollen, hard and tender to the touch and there seems to be little to be done to relieve it.
Of course I have consulted Dr. Google where I have learned the following:
1.) Many women search for something on their breasts called "the white dot." They then stick a needle into the white dot at which time milk has been known to shoot across the room. I don't have this "white dot." But even if I did, I am not sure that I would stick a needle into it. That seems like something best left to a doctor.
2.) I should nurse my baby on all fours with her chin pointing towards the clog. Allegedly this will cause the suction to go in the direction of the back-up. I am also not especially fond of this idea because it is practically impossible. I feel like I am trying out for Cirque de Soleil only I suck and have no flexibility.
3.) Some women submerge their breasts in bowls of warm water for hours on end. This sounds ok, but I am not sure where they get the time or what they do as they lean over these bowls. I am way too ADD to just sit there soaking my boobs. Besides, don't their elbows hurt?
4.) Some woman just try to "nurse it out" by nursing on that side frequently. This seems to make the most sense and is what I am trying to do. Except that nursing now feels like it did those first couple excruciating weeks. I have to clench my fists, grit my teeth and try not to scream each time she latches.
I am hoping that a combo of these remedies will keep me from having to visit the Dr, but I am afraid it is infected as I am starting to feel run-down, exhausted and sore. Any and all advice is welcome.