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we have a new nanny with twins and they look to be nursing the same teat the other teat is enlarged and swollen with milk  what can I do

hello ted,

I would first try and have one of the kids switch over to the second teat. If you can get the kid to suck on it and keep nursing from it then the problem is resolved. kids for some reason pick a favorite teat. Just correct the same kid each time.

if you cant get the kid to nurse from the other side you will have to milk some out to relieve pressure. if you have never milked a goat its fairly easy if you have a large breed goat, you grab the base of the teat and squeeze. DO NOT pull the teat like they do in movies. Often times the goat will stop producing as much milk in that half of the udder but it is uncomfortable for the doe if its swollen and can result in mastitis if not monitored and kept clean.

Let me know if you need anything else!



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