If you notice a small lump the size of a pea in your breasts, it may be a plugged duct. This occurs when a portion of the breast does not get emptied completely during feedings.
- Apply a warm compress to the area before feeding
- Massage the lump towards the nipple during a feeding
- It may take 2 or 3 feedings for it to completely empty. Position your baby’s chin or nose towards the area of the lump. This is where the greatest emptying will occur.
- If you find a persistent lump that does not respond to these measures, please see your healthcare provider. It could be a different problem.
Plugged Nipple Pore (Bleb)
This appears as a small white dot on the tip of the nipple and is usually very painful. It is one milk duct that has become plugged.