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Breastfeeding Moms: Can/Should I Take Soy Lecithin for Recurrent Plugged Ducts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Yep, another question related to breastfeeding! There will probably be more! :D (For those who read my previous questions, my body fought off the infection on its own and my nipples are doing so much better!!! :D But, I did use some prescription ointment to help it heal!)

So doctors and lactation consultants have been recommending soy lecithin for plugged ducts and swear it's safe. I avoid eating soy for the most part except for the occasional soy sauce, so to take 3-4 1200mg capsules of soy lecithin per day seems a lot to me? But then again, I find that I'm constantly dealing with plugged ducts on my right breast (especially at night time when the baby is now sleeping for longer stretches) and I'm seriously afraid of getting mastitis, so the promise of this stuff working sounds tempting! Supposedly I could just taper off it when it gets better after a few weeks? I just don't know!! Why does my right breast hate me?? But, seriously, should I take the stuff? Or, do you have any other recommendations on how to prevent plugged ducts? I know nursing helps to get rid of them, but I'd like to prevent them from happening in the first place! Any suggestions or tips? Thanks! :)

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on October 02, 2012
at 05:45 PM

I use Evening Primrose Oil with great success. I was taking Lecithin till I realized it was soy based. Switching to EPO was easy and I haven't had a plugged duct since. I was getting them weekly before lecithin and they came back a bit during the couple of days after switching to EPO, but since I've been taking it regularly, not a single one.

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