During any stage of breastfeeding journey mother might experience milk blisters, blocked nipple pores, or blab. Sometimes they are very painful and cause serious infection, so if you come across any of such situation don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor to get some solution.
Here we discuss about what are the main causes of it and how to treat it fast?
What is a milk blister?
Some times mother experiences pain while breast feed their infant and might notice a white, yellowish spot on your nipple, just beneath the skin. It appears to be hard and the area just around it is a little swollen. This is more than likely a milk blister and it is quite painful. When milk blister happen mother’s are unable to feed her baby on that side of breast due to pain or some times blood may arrive.
The difference between milk blisters and thrush
If mother experiences more than one milk blister at a same time, it could be thrush some midwives explain in their general discussion. A yeast infection will often be accompanied by a painful, burning sensation too. If you suspect you have thrush, see your doctor or midwife who will be able to treat it accordingly.
Can a milk blister cause mastitis?
Although milk blisters are painful and do trigger an inflammatory response (due to the milk duct being blocked), milk blisters themselves don’t always lead to mastitis. However, in a recent report on breastfeeding reveals that blocked milk ducts can lead to mastitis if left untreated. It might be harmful for your baby too if blood and pus may arrive from it.
Natural ways to treat a milk blister
While breastfeeding if you are experiencing a lot of pain, then you might pop the blister yourself. But if this doesn’t work don’t panic talk to your doctor in order to get rid of any infection.
- Feeding often is really the best way to get rid of milk blisters because the baby’s jaw and mouth is most effective at sucking and stimulating milk flow.
- Feeding your baby in such a position that he/she lean over your elbows and knees while breastfeeding, this will help to boost milk flow and relive you from persistent pain.
- After bathing or showering, the skin is getting soft so gently rub the surface around the nipples to release the milk blister.
- Gentle massage and manipulation around your nipple exert pressure and may relive you from pain.
- Make an appointment with your health care provider and talk to him/her about your problem he might decide to use a sterilised needle to gently remove the layer of skin over the milk duct and release the milk blister, if he thinks this option is good for your problem.
- Antibiotics course might also be recommended for 5-7 days, in order to avoid the infection.
General breast ideas:
- Keep the nipples moist throughout the day by soaking a cotton wool pad in olive oil and placing it inside your bra over your nipple.
- Epsom salts is good treatment because of its detoxifying effect. Soak your nipples three to four times a day.
- When you have the problem of milk blister avoid using a bra or underline so that you easily apply medicine over your nipples.
- By increasing the fluid intake will resolve the problem to some extend.
- Always avoid the consumption of dairy items, too much caffeine intakes, dark chocolate and too much saturated fat.
- By taking vitamin C and D to boost up the entire immune system. Always taking such vitamin supplements under the supervision of health care provider so that he must know about dosage given to you so that no harmful effect on your baby while breastfeeding.