A plugged duct is a blockage of a milk duct in your breast. Because a plugged duct can get infected, it needs to be unblocked as soon as possible.
Plugged ducts are most often caused by not draining your breasts often enough or well enough. A plugged duct can also be caused by stress or a tight bra.
A plugged duct feels like a hard, tender lump in your breast.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and medical history and examine you.
Your healthcare provider or lactation consultant will suggest some things you can do to unplug your duct. When the plugged duct unclogs, you may feel a burning or pinching.
If you have breast redness, severe pain, or a fever and flulike symptoms along with your plugged duct, you could have a breast infection. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine to treat an infection.
Here are some things you can do to help unplug the duct: