This post is part of our complete guide on treating engorgement and clogged ducts. Refer back to the guide if you want a complete list of topics covered, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. If you're specifically interested in how much time it takes engorgement or clogged ducts to disappear, please read on!
How long will it take for engorgement or clogged ducts to go away?
It depends. If you do everything right, it might disappear in under a day. On the other hand, if you do not correct the causes that led you to have engorgement or clogged ducts in the first place, the issue might linger for many days and even deteriorate into full blown mastitis.
You can read more details about it in the relevant article but there are basically three things you should do for the issue to disappear as fast as possible. You should establish a steady breastfeeding schedule and keep at it: the idea is to teach your body how much milk to produce for your needs. Secondly you should drink a specialized herbal tea designed to mitigate the issue like our very own Unblock Nursing Tea. Thirdly you should consider getting breast massages from a lactation massage therapist or a Gua-Sha massage therapist. If after doing these three things the issue doesn’t disappear within a couple of days, you might have a deeper problem and should go see a physician or a lactation consultant so they can identify what’s going on.
So to summarize, how long does it take for engorgement or clogged ducts to go away?
- Normally in 1-3 days if you do everything right like keeping a steady breastfeeding schedule or drinking a specialized herbal tea.
- It will take many days and might even get worse if you have a deeper problem or do not correct bad breastfeeding habits.