There are two sides to breastfeeding (pardon the pun). The serene, sweet moments of calm and the horror story symptoms nobody usually tells you about.

This story, dear readers, is about the latter. So if you’ve got a weak stomach, look away now.

Mum Tyler Marie Oates has shared an extremely painful breastfeeding horror story, detailing how clogged ducts led to mastitis which eventually turned septic. And to really put an exclamation mark on the whole situation, she shared a TikTok video of the huge clot that she passed.

“In case your significant other doesn’t believe you that a clogged duct hurts, show them this,” she wrote in the video captions. “I went septic from mastitis and this was one of the many clots I passed.”

@tylermarieoatesBreast feeding is not for the week ##HowIBathAndBodyWorks ##MyTeacherWins ##ChimeHasYourBack #mastitis ##breastfeeding ##medical ##medicaltiktok ##gross♬ original sound – tylermarieoates

The video understandably attracted a huge amount of comments from horrified women and men, many who swore off having children after viewing the clip. “I’m literally shaking, crying and throwing up,” commented Scoop. One woman even revealed her husband helped with her breastfeeding clots. “My husband sucked mine out. He gagged so bad, he was not expecting blood. Bro, when it came out I felt such relief!” Tyler has since followed up with a second video, showing yet another passed clot – and this one looks even bigger!

@tylermarieoates Another day…. another clot ##NissanShowUp ##SoFiMoneyMoves #mastitis ##breastfeeding ##medical ##medicaltiktok ##gross ##fypシ ##HowIBathAndBodyWorks ♬ Oh No – Kreepa

What are blocked milk ducts?

If you’re a breastfeeding mum and your feel a sudden, sore lump on your breast, but you feel ok, it’s probably a blocked duct, according to Raising Children. The lump isn’t actually the clot, but the milk backing up behind the blockage.

It’s usually caused by not fully draining the breasts. This might have happened if bub dropped a feed, or even if your bra is too tight. You can try a few things to try and ease the blockage:

  • Take a hot shower and massage the lump and breast
  • Use a warm compress against the lump to try and soften it
  • Frequently drain the affected breast
  • Make sure baby is in a good feeding position and get them to feed on the affected breast often
  • Try hand expressing
  • Use an ice-pack or cold cabbage leaf on your boob after feeding to help with the pain

If the blockage isn’t clearing within a day, or you start to feel flu-like symptoms, you need to see a doctor, to check for mastitis.

 Yowsers! Have you ever passed a breastmilk clot?

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  • I’ve had mastitis twice but thankfully never experienced this.


  • OMG that would have been so painful. I’m glad to say I never had this happen to me but that was only because I couldn’t breastfeed my boys


  • Yew, I have never see or heard of this. Imagine how painful this would have been?


  • OMG I’ve never seen anything like that. Had very mild mastitis and had to express to relieve it but nothing like this.


  • Ew I didn’t even know this could happen!!


  • Oh the poor Mumma. I only had mastitis once and fortunately my baby helped clear it. It was only mild so I can’t imagine how this would hurt.


  • No never.


  • Wow what an interest read


  • Good to know


  • I had heard of blockages and mastitis, engorgement etc but never of clots. How on earth do you pass that though your nipple?!?!


  • I remember that discomfort as though it was yesterday, mastitis made me have to wean my child earlier than I had hoped to as he was my last & I had planned on weaning him when he was ready. Sadly I had no choice.


  • Where is the video??
    Would have liked to have watched. (:


  • One word…OUCH. I would occasionally get a blocked duct but I just used a hot compress while my daughter fed on that side and thankfully it became unblocked without too much drama. Thankfully I never got mastitis.


  • Wow! This must have been so painful.


  • poor lady, how painful.


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