First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… clearing breast ducts? In a new teaser for Very Cavallari, Kristin Cavallari says Jay Cutler “sucked” her breast ducts to help alleviate clogs.
“I had, like, major clogged ducts,” Cavallari told her friends while on a trip in Cabo. “Jay had to get them out for me. Sucking harder than he’s ever sucked. And you know what? Saved my life.”
Is this what Meatloaf meant when he sang, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”?
Though Cavallari’s intimate admission may not have made for the most comfortable dinner party conversation, the issue she raised is not uncommon. Many new mothers experience an occasional clogged breast duct while breastfeeding. Often, this is a result of a woman producing breast milk quicker than she’s able to express it, either through breastfeeding or pumping, according to Baby Center. This can lead to inflammation and swelling, and in some cases, mastitis, a breast infection Mayo Clinic says is frequently caused by clogged milk ducts or bacteria. Mastitis is a painful and dangerous condition, and the World Health Organization estimates that up to 10% of women experience mastitis worldwide (though WHO notes that some studies show the number as closer to 33%).
You don’t even have to be nursing to experience a clogged duct; the Mayo Clinic explains that some people will experience mammary duct ectasia around premenopause.
Cavallari certainly isn’t the only celebrity who has struggled with breastfeeding — in fact, she’s not even the only one who enlisted the help of her partner to unblock her milk ducts. Last year, Kristen Bell admitted that her husband, Dax Shepard, helped her alleviate her third bout of mastitis.
“It was right after the baby stopped nursing,” Bell said during an episode of #Momsplaining. “So I said to my husband, ‘I’m going to need you to suck this out. We can talk about it, we can be weird about it, or you can just go ahead and do it.’ He had a cup next to him. He was pulling out and spitting it into this cup. And I’ve never been more in love.”
Sure, flowers are nice, but gestures this intimate scream “true love,” am I right?