I get recurrent blocked ducts if i'm silly and don't drink enough water... and guess what i did when i got the flu. Anyway felt the familiar pin pricking and sure enough a lump had appeared in the top outer of my boob, so i did my usual method to get rid of it which is to feed bub in football hold and hold pressure behind the duct. I got it down to a small lump near my nipple by the time he'd finished feeding, so took an ibuprofen to reduce any swelling and hoped i'd have it cleared by the next morning (this was in the evening and he still feeds throughout the night, he's 4 months old).
But the next morning i didn't seem to be able to get rid of the small lump, although the pain was gone, and every so often the top part of my boob where the duct was got engorged again. It would go softer with a feeding but not go entirely. I've kept drinking water, taken lecithin 3 times daily, taken ibuprofen on and off to help with swelling, used a hot compress, massaged while pumping etc but can't get my boob completely soft again. Bub takes the usual amount of time feeding on that side.
My question is, could it be swelling due to the original blocked duct and exacerbated by my attempts to massage it out? The reason i think the original blocked duct has cleared is that there is no pain.