Milk blister that won't go away?
I've had a milk blister for nearly two weeks now. I've tried steaming it, massaging it, dunking it in epsom salt and hot water, putting coconut oil on it to soften it, rubbing a hot towel across it to break it open and even tried lancing the skin with a sterile needle. I've pumped it as much as I can as well. Nothing seems to be clearing it out. I haven't nursed on it for a few days because it's painful, so I've been pumping and bottle-feeding and feeding from my other breast. Has anyone had a milk blister that's stuck around this long? It doesn't seem to be getting worse, but it's not getting any better either so I'm beginning to worry. Should I bite the bullet and nurse on it? Will that remedy the issue? Should I consider seeing a physician, or is this treatable without having to go in? If I see a medical professional, should I be seeing an OBGYN or my midwife or a general physician for something like this? I'm not showing any signs of infection or any further issues. I've been keeping the area really clean and tending to it constantly. It's starting to drive me nuts and I just want to go back to breastfeeding.
Re: Milk blister that won't go away?
Milk blisters can be extremely long-lasting, and 2 weeks isn't out of the ballpark. When you lanced the skin with the sterile needle, were you able to get any milk out of the area? Is there a blocked duct behind the blister?
Nursing on the blistered side is definitely something you want to do, if you can stand it. The baby's suction may break what even a needle cannot. I strongly suggest varying your nursing position, so that the baby's mouth falls in a different orientation.