I need help, please. Last week I had a nipple blister, which caused a plugged duct. I popped it with a needle (sterilized with alcohol). The plug went away and the spot on the nipple healed with some hurting, but I was able to nurse on that side the whole time. Well, for some reason, on Wednesday I got a plug again, same site, so I was scrutinizing my nip a bit to see if there was a blister again. Although it's hard to believe, I probably wasn't gentle enough, and/or the hurt spot last time hadn't healed 100%, OR it's this cold weather (which give me several cracks on my hand), the spot became open again in the form of a crack (no blister) (~ 2mm long, 2/3mm wide). The plug is now gone, and the wound on my nipple doesn't seem infected, but it hurts sooooo bad when I nurse on that side.
So my question is, should I stop nursing on that side to allow the wound to heal? Or is it okay to keep nursing (even though less) on that side, and it wouldn't really affect the healing process? (It HURTS, but I would also hate to lose supply on that side through not nursing.)
Also, I apply Lansinoh cream when I'm not nursing. Anything else (natural remedies preferred) I can do to help speed the healing?
Thanks so much and I can't wait for some replies!