doe with hard udder

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  1. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My doe freshened 3-4 days ago and 1/2 of her udder is harder than the other half. I don't know if it is mastitis or not. I have been milking her 2-3 times a day and don't really see any difference in the hard side. It is maybe a bit softer today. My question is--If mastitis does not hurt the baby nursing can I tape the "good" side so the baby can only nurse on the hard side? Will that help me get the milk flowing on that side?
     
  2. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Massage massage massage thats what you have to do and maybe hot or warm compresses on that side to get it going. Sounds like congestion in that side if the baby is just nursing off the other. Also when you milk it get all you can and work that udder and see if more iwll come out. When you get thru strip the teat and let her stand for about 5 min or so or spraty with teat spray. I would try to milk that side at least 3 times a day and really work it. fresh udders sometimes get clogged with the colostrum and need some help. Good luck Also take the baby and try to get it to nurse on that side as this will help alot also.
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  3. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is what I did when I ran into this problem.
     
  4. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been massageing (sp)after milking. Tonight it seems to be a bit softer and I did get "more" streams of milk out of the hard side. I once had a dog have puppies and needed to get a shot so she could get her milk flowing. Her mammary glands were hard like this too. Is it the same problem? The milk is just not being released? Could she need a shot to get her milk flowing? Or should I just keep doing what I am doing???? She is from really good bloodlines and I want to show her. But I can't if I can't get her milking on both sides. So frustrating.....
     
  5. Chatychick

    Chatychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Sometimes I give a shot of Oxytocin...its 1cc per 100 lbs of goat. Its helps sometimes and sometimes you dont. It is a RX vet medication.
     
  6. keedokes

    keedokes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say go with what everyone else has said...and add 'be gentle'. [​IMG] Mastitis hurts.
     

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