Hi There, I'm new to the forums but I'm looking for some support or insight into my latest issue! A little background or BF experience-
Here's what is happening. I have twin, eleven month old boys who have been exclusively nursed. They do eat solids, but breast milk from the source is their primary nourishment, and food is our way of rounding out the the pyramid.
Well, this past Tuesday I developed blisters on my nipples. Back in April I had a milk blister on the tip of my nipple and a blocked duct and developed mastitis. It was the worst but these blisters are different. I do not think they are milk blisters.
I have two on my left nipple and about a dozen on the right. they are small and white, and incredibly painful. They are on the side of my nipple and on my areola.
I tried to breastfeed my boys despite the blisters. And I tried to self treat by lathering on the Lansinoh, but by Thursday it was just too painful and I had two more blisters Thursday morning than I had the night before. So I went to the doctor.
My doctor decided that it looked like contact dermatitis. Which is plausible as I am highly allergic to most things. Current theory being that Monday when I took the boys out to play, they touched a leaf on the ground then put their fingers in their mouths or that they put leaves in their mouths or ect... before I nursed them and that's how contact was made. (The boys' mouths look fine. They have had no issues.)
So the doctor gave me a steroid shot and told me to stop nursing. I have a pack of steroid tabs that will take me six days to finish. And I have two little babies who are not very happy about having their number one pass time being suddenly removed from their lives. Plus, I'm crazy engorged because I went from six to eight twin nursing sessions to nothing!
I am pumping, but doing so with caution as to not irritate the skin. So I only pump when I'm too engorged to stand it.
My question(s) to everyone is-
have you experienced blisters like these? were they anything other than contact dermatitis? what was your treatment?
have you ever had to stop breastfeeding cold turkey? what got you through it?
Have you ever stopped breastfeeding, then re-lactated? this is what I'm hoping to do...