After Baby Self-Care
Breast-feeding is recommended and encouraged. Lactation consultations are available. Breast pumps may be useful, especially for the working mother or premature infant. Hand pumps may be purchased at the hospital and electric pumps may be rented at a pharmacy or medical supply store. If breast-feeding is not chosen, or discontinued, we recommend using an iron-fortified formula.
Blocked ducts are usually felt as a hard, firm mass without a fever. Gentle massage, hot packs and frequent feeding from both breasts are the best relief.