“I had like, major clogged ducts,” Cavallari tells her friends in the clip. “Jay had to get them out for me. Sucking harder than he’s ever sucked.”
“And you know what? Saved my life,” she says in an interview clip a second later.
Clogged or blocked milk ducts occur when breast milk isn’t completely emptied during a feeding. The remaining milk can clog the milk ducts, causing a blockage. One 2011 study found that 67.5% of breastfeeding women experienced mastitis, an inflammation of the breast often caused by clogged milk ducts, and an additional 4.5% of breastfeeding women experienced clogged milk ducts without mastitis. Both conditions lead to painful, sore breasts, and mastitis may also include a fever and chills. Mastitis can be treated with antibiotics, while clogged ducts can usually be unclogged at home, or with the help of a doctor.
So Cutler’s method is a bit unusual — but not that unusual. On a 2018 episode of her webseries Momsplaining, Kristen Bell revealed her husband Dax Shepherd helped her out in the same way. “I said to my husband, ‘I really need you to suck this out. We could talk about it, we could be weird about it, or you could just go ahead and nurse,’” she said. “He pulled it out. He had a cup next to him. He was pulling out and spitting into this cup, and I’ve never been more in love in my life.”
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