How to Clear a Clogged Milk Duct

According to Kelly Mom, a blocked, plugged, or clogged milk duct is “an area of the breast where milk flow is obstructed. The nipple pore may be blocked or the obstruction may be further back in the ductal system. A plugged duct usually comes on gradually and affects only one breast.”

Ouch! Clogged ducts are painful and often difficult to remove.

A bunch of breastfeeding veteran mamas share how they successfully cleared their clogged milk ducts.


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“Frequent nursing, pumping and lots of massaging. It took at least 24 hours for it to resolve. Watch for signs of mastitis.”

-Jackie F.

“Hot shower. Massage in the hot shower. Then pump or feed immediately after while still massaging.”

-Lea Y.

“Start taking Lecithin ASAP! It’s a natural supplement that will lubricate your milk ducts and resolve and help prevent future clogs.”

-Katie C.


“Vibration always helped my stubborn clogs.”

-Destiny W.

“I rub the clog with my palm while pumping. If I don’t pull it out after 15 to 20 minutes I stop for about an hour, put heat pad on it, and then try again.”

-Jessica W.

“You can feed your baby on their back so you’re facing the floor or you can pump in this same way to allow gravity to help as well. Ibuprofen always helped tremendously with the pain. And nurse, nurse, nurse!

-Alison J.

“Massage that area firmly while baby nurses on that side.”

-Bridget C.

“Put warm washcloths on your breast prior to breastfeeding, or take warm shower prior to breastfeeding, then while breastfeeding your baby massage the breast/lump towards nipple.”

-Emma O.

“use a wide tooth comb and ‘comb out’ the clog.”

-Katie W.

“Electric toothbrush on the clog and then pump or nurse! Always worked like a charm for me!”

-Shelby C.

“Take a diaper and fill it with hot water and use it as a compress!”

-Noelle M.

“A heating pad and just keep baby feeding off the clogged breast. It's gonna hurt but it will unclog eventually. I practically slept on my heating pads when I got clogs. The heat helps a lot.”

-Destiny C.

“As weird as it sounds, I’ve heard a lot of women say that they had their partner suck it out. A much stronger suction power than baby or pump.”

-Chelsea M.

“Drink lots of water, avoid tight bras, underwire, heavy lifting, and laying on that side until it clears.”

-Tiffany H.

“The only thing that’s worked for me every time, is dangle feeding while massaging really fast.”

-Dreya C.