Mama’s Genius Idea To Fix Blocked Milk Ducts Has The Internet Giggling (And Agreeing)

Mama's Genius Idea To Fix Blocked Milk Ducts Has The Internet Giggling (And Agreeing)

If you’ve ever suffered from mastitis or blocked milk ducts, you know only too well that you would try absolutely anything to make breastfeeding pain-free.

Blocked ducts can be incredibly painful and leave your chest feeling hot and tight.

Mastitis brings the added joys of a fever and flu-like symptoms. And the best way to clear both problems is to keep feeding from the affected breast – something that's hardly appealing when you feel like your boobs are on fire.

Not surprisingly, mama chat rooms are filled with women sharing tips and hacks to try to fight these breastfeeding problems.

The Solution?

One Australian mama who was enduring a painful bout of blocked milk ducts ditched the traditional ‘cabbage leaves in your bra’ hack and instead turned to a sex toy for help.

After suffering with mastitis four times, 21 year-old Danielle said she was willing to try anything when she got blocked ducts.

Like so many modern mamas, she went to a Facebook group for advice, and saw people recommending the use of vibrators to clear blocked ducts.

Apparently this is common knowledge. A Reddit thread from the previous week had everyone nodding in agreement.

The resourceful mama used the vibrator on the affected area for 10 minutes and was somewhat surprised to discover that it actually worked. Danielle is currently weaning her son, but the vibrator hack has helped keep mastitis at bay.

You might expect the Internet to be divided on this one. In fact, commenters have come out in support of Danielle’s hack. Many other women also say a vibrator is their go-to solution for blocked milk ducts.

If whipping out the credit card and buying yourself a vibrator doesn't float your boat, then check out the LaVie lactation manager, which retails for $34.95. LaVie claims the device “…is a milk expression tool that helps improve milk flow and ease engorgement, plugged ducts and other breastfeeding symptoms”.

Mama's Genius Idea To Fix Blocked Milk Ducts Has The Internet Giggling (And Agreeing)

Keep in mind, though, that most of the time breastfeeding problems are preventable.

Blocked ducts can be caused by improper latch, oversupply of milk, tongue-tie, restricted feed schedules and a white spot on the nipple that prevents milk from flowing freely.

Take a look at this BellyBelly article about blocked ducts to find out other tips and tricks for clearing the blockage.

Not sure if it’s blocked ducts causing the pain?

Check out this article that details other possible causes of painful breastfeeding.

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Fiona Peacock CONTRIBUTOR

Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.


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