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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 or more times a day.   This is about every 2 to 3 hours.
     
  • Begin feeding on the breast that hurts 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.