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Old 03-11-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Oh the PAIN! Milk blister at night....

I have had a milk blister for almost a week now. I am able to get it opened up during the day by letting it soak in hot water and epsom salt and then putting a dab of olive oil on it before nursing but at night I am unable to do these things... I cosleep with my 18 month DD and she nurses frequently throughout the night. I have been trying to give her the other side but of course the milk blister.. Or bleb or whatever is on the boob that produces more milk. When she latches on it takes my breath away and jolts me awake so I have not been sleeping well and on top it DH is deployed and we both are just getting over being sick so I am exhausted!!

Any advice on treatment for this at night? Will it EVER go away? I didn't even know these existed until last week so I guess they're somewhat rare? I guess that might be something to be thankful for. Thanks mamas for your help and support


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Old 03-11-2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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I would poke the head with a sterilized needle, clears it up right quick! Check out kellymom i think there's a few other ideas there, they're fairly common.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Re: Oh the PAIN! Milk blister at night....

I got them all the time . . . hurt like heck and caused me to wean at about 14 mos. I can sympathize, but I always popped them with a sterilized needle. It cause a small scab that healed, but frequent nursing still hurt.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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Re: Oh the PAIN! Milk blister at night....

Holding a hot wash cloth to the area and then rubbing it with the cloth can help too. I had one that lasted several months and, yes, it is very painful. Mine turned into an infection so if you have streaking, redness, fever or feel slu-ish, definitely get treated as that will really make you feel awful. My daughter was about 6 months when it happened and the Dr. I saw suggested using a nipple shield which was a horrible idea. Because my daughter had been so used to bfeeding by that point, she bit down on the shield, essentially biting down on me. It was excruciating. If it doesnt go away soon with at-home methods, maybe talk to an LC or LLL leader for further help because you shouldnt have to endure prolonged pain like that.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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Re: Oh the PAIN! Milk blister at night....

I had one too. I just popped it with a sterilized needle, the relief was instant.
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