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I battled with the breastfeeding issue of clogged ducts, which continually verged on mastitis, all through this past winter and spring.
After a day or two of relief, the painful condition would regularly reappear.
I consulted with my lactation consultant, and tried everything in my natural Breastfeeding First Aid Kit, which helped prevent serious infection, but nothing brought long-term relief.
I noticed that babywearing (or even carrying my heavy baby for extended periods- such as during a church worship service) always resulted in a painful clogged duct. So, I sadly began phasing out these “mama tasks.”
Finally, aching from long nights of holding a fussy baby, dizzy and barely able to move my neck, I decided to visit our family chiropractor.
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As soon as I received my first gentle adjustment, I felt immediate relief from the painful clogged duct.
My chiropractor explained to me that my spinal misalignment was preventing proper immune system flow, which can affect breastfeeding.
I continued with my regular schedule of treatment, and any hint of a clogged duct (within the first couple of weeks), always cleared immediately after a chiropractic correction.
Since those initial weeks of treatment in February, I have had NO clogged ducts or mastitis! This is a dramatic change from almost weekly onsets since I gave birth in August 2009. (And now, I can carry my little ones again! What a precious gift.)
(Local friends- if you need a chiropractic referral, let me know!)