I have a blocked duct in my nipple - it's only slightly toe curlingly painful! Had one in the other nipple but managed to squeeze that one out. Have tried squeezing but the little bugger is having none of it. Have tried a hot flannel and that's eased the pain of latch on.
Is there any other way I can unblock the duct myself? There is no redness to suggest infection etc. and I'm loath to go to my doctors as she's a waste of space.
When you have the hot flannel you can gently stroke from the top of your breast towards the nipple (with your hand on top of the flannel). If you keep repeating this movement you can sometimes massage it free iyswim.
You could try hand- or pump expressing a bit whilst he is sleeping. I had lots of problems with this and would second the advice to get LO to feed a lot. You might need to wake him to give you some relief. I hated that sensation of ever worsening sore lump. Hot flannel, massage as discribed from out side of breast towards nipple, I sometimes used a cold pack inside my bra after the feed, also Nurofen helped.
Is is just a blocked duct or do you have a nipple 'pleb' or spot or anything visible on the nipple. These can lead to blocked ducts as the milk cant get out and I had to gently lift the skin and massage like hell. In the shower is good especially if you have a quite pwerfull one and as hot as is comfortable.... but as you say 3.30am your not always up to it
Ouch, blocked ducts are horrid aren't they. I always find useful info on kellymom. Top dose ibuprofen for a day or two if you are ok with it, frequent bf and all the tips everyone has suggested. Hope your's unblocks v soon.