Sunday, April 18, 2010

When a woman begins to lactate, the milk ducts in the breasts become active and transport the milk from the mammary glands to the nipples. If, for some reason, these ducts get clogged, the flow of milk gets blocked and the breasts become tender, inflamed and sore.

Symptoms of Blocked Milk Duct

A blocked or plugged milk duct can be very painful for some women. The initial sign of such a blockage is the presence of a small and hard lump in the breast. This lump can be felt when you touch the breast. This spot is sore and may be very tender to the touch. There may be inflammation and redness on the breast too. If the blockage has persisted for some time, you may experience aches in the body. Along with general malaise, you may even feel feverish and may have sore in the chest. This is usually a sign of infection running in the clogged duct.

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