Re: Aerola/Nipple Half Swollen. Please read
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Some questions for you:
- How old is your baby?
- Has anything changed with breastfeeding recently, like maybe baby is teething and changing his latch, or nipping?
- Aside from the swollen nipple/areola, is there anything else going on? Are you in pain, does the skin look red or feel hot? Is there a lump under the swollen area? Anything weird-looking about the Montgomery glands (they're those bumps that ring the areola)?
My guess is that this is a minor plugged duct in a slightly unusual place. The reason I think this is that it looks better after the baby nurses, which suggests that your baby is draining it well, which is good. But maybe not well enough- which is why it comes right back.
Here's what I would do:
- Don't stop nursing. There's nothing in your post that indicates that stopping breastfeeding is necessary, and stopping could be very detrimental if this is a plugged duct. You want the baby to empty it out. Letting it sit increases the risk of it turning into mastitis.
- Treat with warm soaks, salt water rinses, and massage. Can't hurt, will probably help.
- Vary your nursing position so that the baby drains all parts of the breast as thoroughly as possible.
- Stay alert for symptoms of mastitis. If you spike a fever or suddenly have flu-like symptoms (chills, aches and pains, malaise), call your doc because you'd probably benefit from some antibiotics.
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