What Should I Do If A Breast Hurts But I Do Not Feel Sick?
If you feel a hard, firm area on your breast which hurts, but you do not feel sick, you may have a plugged milk duct.
Try these things to help:
- Continue to breastfeed your baby at least 8 times a day. This is about every 2 to 3 hours.
- Begin feeding on the breast that hurts in order to encourage drainage.
- Make sure your baby is latched on properly.
- Change breastfeeding positions throughout the day, with at least one feeding with the baby’s nose pointing towards the plugged duct.
- Make sure that your bra is not too tight. Take off your bra to breastfeed.
- Gently massage the sore area with the heel of your hand while you are breastfeeding or having a shower or bath. Massage from the sore spot towards the nipple.
- Rest when your baby rests.
- If your breast is still sore after trying these things for 24 hours, call your health care provider.