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Clogged Milk Ducts? The New Protocol That Can Help.

Breastfeeding is a journey filled with profound moments of connection and nourishment, but it's not without its challenges. One obstacle that can arise, causing discomfort and frustration, is a clogged milk duct. 

For many, frequent clogs or the onset of mastitis can cast a shadow over this beautiful journey. But fear not, for there's a path forward, and it begins with understanding and proactive care.

The current consensus is that clogged ducts are caused by thickened milk that gets stuck in the ducts and then milk backs up. Sometimes these clogged ducts can get inflamed and lead to mastitis which requires immediate medical attention. 

However, the updated protocol for treatment(1), revamped last year, offers a beacon of hope for those navigating this hurdle so you can avoid clogged ducts. 

CaboCéme for Spot Treating Clogged Milk Ducts

Let’s start with the secret weapon in your arsenal: CaboCréme. Our specially-formulated cream is made with concentrated cabbage extract that gets to work on the spot to provide targeted relief, helping to unclog ducts and alleviate discomfort.

CaboCréme is thought to decrease inflammation and swelling, thus allowing the duct to open up. If you're struggling and need support ASAP, you can grab it on Amazon

You can simply put it right on the affected area as often as needed on just the knot or clogged duct without disrupting any of your milk flow. CaboCréme works only where you put it. Keep it in the refrigerator for the added benefit of the cold therapy. 

Using Cold Packs vs. Heat on Tender Breasts

Traditionally, heat was recommended to alleviate the discomfort of a clogged duct, but the tide has turned. Embrace the cooling relief of ice instead. New evidence reveals cold packs work better than heat for decreasing the clogs.(2) 

Some women find using the vibrating massagers on the knots help but the results are inconsistent. 

Embrace Probiotics and Sunflower Lecithin 

Additionally, integrating a probiotic into your diet and incorporating sunflower lecithin into your routine can work wonders in promoting smoother milk flow.(3) Your gut health is paramount to your immune system, so be sure to pay attention to your diet and get the nutrients you need to feel your best. 

Balance is Key While Breastfeeding

In your journey to overcome clogged milk ducts, it's crucial to maintain a balanced approach. Avoid the temptation to over-pump; instead, adhere to feeding on demand as you normally would. 

Remember, your body knows best! The new protocol also recommends hand expressing when and if you’re feeling overly full. Be gentle with yourself as you move through this experience. Clogged ducts can present challenges, so just keep a good balance.

Reach Out to a Professional for Support

While proactive measures are paramount, it's essential to recognize when further intervention may be necessary. Should the knots become red, very tender, and a fever develops, antibiotics may be warranted. Trust your instincts and seek medical guidance when needed; your health and comfort are of the utmost importance.

Above all, remember that you're not alone in this journey. If you find yourself struggling with clogged ducts or mastitis, reach out for support. Whether it's seeking advice from healthcare professionals or connecting with fellow breastfeeding mothers, there's a community ready to offer guidance and solidarity.

At CaboCréme, we understand the challenges that come with breastfeeding, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Don't hesitate to reach out if you're facing difficulties; we're here to point you in the right direction and help you unlock the path to comfort and fulfillment on your breastfeeding journey. 


1. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #36: The Mastitis Spectrum, Revised 2022

Mitchell KB;Johnson HM;Rodríguez JM;Eglash A;Scherzinger C;Zakarija-Grkovic I;Cash KW;Berens P;Miller B;

2. Zakarija-Grkovic, Irena, and Fiona Stewart. “Treatments for Breast Engorgement during Lactation

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 18 Sept. 2020,

3. Hurtado, José A., et al. “Oral Administration to Nursing Women of Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716 Prevents Lactational Mastitis Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Breastfeeding Medicine, vol. 12, no. 4, May 2017, pp. 202–209, Accessed 5 Apr. 2021.