Spoiler alert: It’s disgusting.
Okay, you’ve been warned. What you’re about to see is pretty crazy. But this clogged milk duct video is also proof that breastfeeding women are massive champions and that mastitis is insanely painful.
I’ve had it a handful of times and every time it rendered me useless for hours at a time – until the antibiotics kicked in. I’m talking intense pain, fierce body aches, cold and hot sweats, crazy fever dreams. The whole shebang. But never did I experience anything remotely as intense as mumma, Tyler Marie Oates experienced.
Clogged milk duct goes viral
Tyler recently shared a few videos of just what came out of her breasts during a particularly scary bout of mastitis. That chunky, white, goo? That’s breastmilk.
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And I may never want to breastfeed again.
However, this clog isn’t your average clog – this one led to sepsis – a very serious infection that can be deadly if not treated. We’re guessing that Tyler would have been hospitalised for this but she’s on the mend now.
Now, to the people sitting quietly at the back, trying not to spew, allow me to elaborate on what mastitis actually is. Mastitis is usually caused by a blocked duct or by bacteria getting into the breast (often via cracked nipples). Your breasts get hot, red, and sore and you probably develop a massive egg in your boob. Plus you feel like absolute ass – fevery, achy, like the man flu but about 8 gazillion times worse.
It’s pretty common in breastfeeding mothers and is one of the many reasons why breastfeeding mums deserve ALL the trophies in the world for doing what they do. You will also usually need to take a dose of antibiotics to get rid of it – and attempt to unclog that sucker with lots of heavy rubbing or sucking.
So, there you go. Learn something new every day. Interested in more fun facts about being a new mum? Check out:
- 18 Messed Up Things No One Seems To Mention About New Mummyhood
- SO TRUE: 20 Things to Know When You’ve Just Pushed Out a Baby
- Hello Massive Mum Boobs and 5 Other Unexpected Surprises About Breastfeeding!