Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience for mom and baby and being able to pump to provide breast milk is a wonderful gift. But when plugged ducts occur it can lead to discomfort and pain for mom and frustration for baby when milk flow is impacted. We have a wonderful new service offering to help provide relief and resolve plugged ducts with therapeutic ultrasound.
A plugged duct feels like a lump within your breasts under the skin where inflammation of the milk duct has caused ductal narrowing leading to a blockage of milk and reduction of milk flow. The area may even look red or feel warm to the touch.
Plugged ducts can be caused by frequent missed feedings, baby starting to sleep longer stretches at night, poor latching, breasts not being completely emptied by breastfeeding or pumping, or tight fitting bras. A plugged duct can result in the slowing of milk flow leading to a baby that is frustrated at the breast or mastitis if the plugged duct is not quickly resolved.
Therapeutic ultrasound (TUS) is a non-invasive treatment using sound waves that create vibrations deep in the breast tissue along with gentle heat to provide relief from a blocked duct. This method stimulates blood supply to the affected area and encourages soft tissue healing, which aids in decreasing the size of the clog and promoting increased milk flow.
During your treatment, the ultrasound will be placed gently over the problematic area with the blocked duct. Gentle warm pressure will be applied while moving the ultrasound toward the nipple.
It is highly recommended to breastfeed or pump the treated breast after the treatment to help release the clog, fully drain the breast, and reduce the symptoms of the plugged duct. For severe or recurrent plugged ducts, additional treatment sessions may be recommended.
The treatment is not painful and has been used to successfully treat sprained ankles, tendonitis, muscle strains and tears as well.
Our clients are already experiencing relief with the therapeutic ultrasound treatment! If you would like to learn more about this service or schedule a treatment, we’re ready to assist you!
Customer Review After TUS Treatment:
“Milky Minute is such a valuable resource to our community, and I’m so thankful to have found them! Mara visited our home and did a comprehensive evaluation, helped reassure us of the things that we’re doing well, and helped us come up with a game plan for improving how we feed our baby girl - much needed for these overly exhausted new parents! Breastfeeding is a beautiful but intensely challenging experience as a new mom, and I felt so supported! A few days later, I discovered how painful clogged milk ducts could be, so I reached out and scheduled an appointment with Morgan for ultrasound therapy. Let me tell you, the difference was night and day and I was able to get some relief while also making our baby happier because it helped the milk start flowing better again. I truly think I would have ended up on antibiotics with mastitis had this resource not been available. Both Mara and Morgan are kind, compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable and Colorado Springs is so lucky to have them! Thank you both so much!”
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