I have a milk blister on my breast
Nipple blisters – Transcript
If you have suddenly noticed an area on your nipple which is white or clear, it may be that you have a nipple blister. This is actually a layer of skin that’s covering a hole in the end of your nipple, and preventing milk from getting out. If it’s clear that there isn’t skin covering the end of the nipple, but it is actually a white spot, please look at the video relating to this.
If you’re not actually in any pain with this nipple blister then it’s very likely to resolve on its own. It isn’t really a problem, as such. So you may be wondering what has actually caused this nipple blister. One of the most common causes is simply a poor latch (comfortable feeding video) leading to some trauma of the nipple (sore nipples video) and causing a nipple blister.
Another cause of nipple blisters is if you have an oversupply of milk, then your baby is actually really struggling with a fast flow of milk because of this, and trying to clamp down to control that flow can cause nipple blisters too. It might also be that your baby has a potential tongue tie that’s impacting on the latch.
So you may be wondering what you can possibly do in this situation with a nipple blister, and the pain with that as well – one of the most important things is to feed as often as you can, keeping the breast as soft as possible.
What some mothers have found helpful is to place your baby on a mat, even on the floor, and to lean over your baby on all fours, allowing your baby to attach, and massaging the breast while you also feed your baby, helping to get rid of that nipple blister.
If you find that this measure alone isn’t working to get rid of this blister, then try warm wet compresses on your breast, or a bath or shower before you start frequently feeding – this just basically helps to soften that nipple blister area.
Another thing that you can try is to soak a cotton wool ball with olive oil, and put it into your bra. Leave it there for a few hours just to soften that skin of the nipple blister, and then after that it’s usually a lot easier to peel that skin away.
If you’re still finding that with frequent feeding the nipple blister is not resolving, then try some extra pumping as well, alongside the wet warm compresses and the olive oil, and very often you’ll find that the combination of the feeding, the pumping, and all of these things will really help to resolve the situation.
And sometimes it might be necessary to use some sterile tweezers, just to lift and open that skin very very carefully, and then to apply some antibiotic cream regularly to prevent infection.
And I’ve come across some ladies who have been in this situation, who have needed to go to see their healthcare provider, their doctor, just to obtain some sterile needles. That sounds very drastic! – but just done as carefully as possible, really.
And remember to pay attention to really good hand hygiene, washing hands and, and you can even use unperfumed soap, just once a day, on this area. Treat it as an open wound, really, to prevent infection.
And some ladies find that once this nipple blister resolves, they still need to attend to a daily soak, and maybe using that brisk washcloth for even a couple of weeks as a preventative measure, just until everything heals well.
Nipple blisters are a temporary trouble, but do seek out help if they persist.
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