Re: Sore Nipple
Hmm... This description still makes me think milk bleb because every time I had one I also got a plugged duct behind the blister. Sometimes I'd have large plugged duct- like a tennis ball under the skin- and sometimes I'd get a cluster of small ones that felt more like small hard grapes under the skin. But perhaps you're not experiencing a blister, but rather just a bunch of plugged ducts? If either nipple blister + plugged ducts or plugged ducts alone is the problem, a lot of moist heat can't hurt. Warm wet washcloths and/or warm baths are both good. And while I'm sure you're not wanting to use the affected breast at all, you might want to start feedings on that side for a while and see if your baby can draw the plugs out for you. (Babies tend to feed most aggressively at the beginning of a nursing session.) You could also try all-fours nursing: lay your baby on her back and dangle the affected breast into her mouth. Gravity should help draw out plugs, too.
Originally Posted by @llli*ladonna
Stay alert for any redness, fever and flu-like symptoms: these can signal the onset of mastitis, in which case you want to get to the doc ASAP.
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