Re: Beaten down by a milk blister
Can you see the blister? And if you can, will milk bead up over it if you hand express? My guess is that there is no need to pop it or rough it up or pick at it or whatever at this point; you got the plug taken care of and that indicates that the blister is already broken. But try to express some milk and see- if milk comes out of the blister, then there's no need to pick/scratch/pop/etc. If milk won't bead up, then you may need to prick/scratch/pop- let us know and we'll walk you through it. It's not as painful as you think and definitely something you want to do yourself, rather than having a doctor or nurse do it for you.
When a milk blister pops, you're left with what is basically a tiny crack, and that is very painful. The good news is that these tiny, pinpoint cracks also tend to heal fast; I never had one last more than a week, and generally saw significant improvement in the space of a day or two. If the pain is really getting you down, here are some things to try:
- Dab a mixture of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin ointment on the site to fight inflammation and infection (use pea-sized amount, mixed and applied with a clean finger).
- Do warm water soaks- fill a shot glass with warm water or salt water and immerse the nipple in it. This is particularly good right before nursing, since hydrating the blister/scab means less pain when it tears open.
- Vary your nursing position so baby's mouth lands on the area in a different way.
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