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    Hello! My baby is 13 months old and we are now only nursing in the evening/night/morning. My milk supply has adjusted to this and all was going well, except two days ago it was painful during nursing and I found 2 milk blisters. I can't recall every having problems on this breast before. Yesterday I sterilized a needle and cleared out one of the blisters. I was able to hand express the clogged ducts, which brought a lot of relief to the breast. I also did a dream feed to help empty the breast, but nursing has still been painful the last 4 feeds. I don't feel any significant lumps in my breast, it's just that my nipple is sore. It doesn't help that I've been trying to pick at it to re-open the milk blisters and I'm probably not hand-expressing correctly, so my breast doesn't feel that good, especially hanging out inside my bra (which I need to wear at work).

    Is there anything I should be doing differently? It's been awhile since I've had a milk blister and I don't recall it still being painful after I was able to unclog it.

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    I had a milk blister back when my DS was 2 months old (he's now 14 months). I recall being in quite a bit of pain for a while after it popped. I used the Kellymom.com website for help on what to do to help ease the pain. I wish I could provide a link. I think I soaked it in salt water following each nursing session, but it's been so long, I don't remember exactly.

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    A bad blister can be painful after it breaks. Like a tiny crack. If you have some lanolin, put that on it. Or tuck a cotton ball moistened with olive oil in your bra over the nipple. Moist healing is your friend!
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    I get these a lot. When I have a teething baby and/or have let the latch get sloppy, I get blisters. And now, while EPing, if I'm not totally careful about how the horns are on my breasts, I'll get one. I use Neosporin to help heal a really painful one, and Neosporin has a pain relief formula too Both are safe for a nursing baby. It's just a teeny little dab and then I put a nursing pad on to keep it off my clothes.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone on this and it's normal. Yes, I wonder if my baby might be teething or if her little cold is bothering her. That might be why I have milk blisters!

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    Anything that can change the latch can cause them.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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