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I have a bleb on my nipple. How do I get rid?

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:14

I am breastfeeding and have just developed a bleb on my nipple. It's SO painful. Not had one before and no idea why it has appeared now. Can't even feed on the other side as I can't produce milk from my right boob!

Any tips on how to get rid?

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moreismore · 24/07/2019 19:15

By bleb do you mean blocked duct? If so have a warm shower (I know. In this heat!) massage from outside of breast in towards nipple a few times and hand express until it clears.

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moreismore · 24/07/2019 19:16

Ps if you can bear to you need to keep feeding from that side to clear it fully.

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:18

It's more like a blister on my nipple.

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Gatekeeper · 24/07/2019 19:18

I live in NE England and we call blisters blebs...is this what it is OP?

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Atalune · 24/07/2019 19:19

Breast pump. Pump through the pain and massage as you go.

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:19

Exactly right Gatekeeper!

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Sexnotgender · 24/07/2019 19:19

Oh I feel your pain! I had one at about 3 weeks.

Hot shower on the affected area and try and massage/express from that area. Also I know it sounds gross but also in the shower I’d scratch the surface with my nail to try and shift it.

Try changing positions when feeding from that side.

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:20

I can't see how using a pump and massaging would help 😥

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TheBrockmans · 24/07/2019 19:21

Could be thrush. Has your baby got any white on the tongue? Do try to keep feeding a bit on that side.

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:21

My son is nearly 9 months. Thought I was out of the woods re painful breastfeeding!

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:23

Not that I can see. I think it's because it's so warm and he's been feeding like crazy.

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Atalune · 24/07/2019 19:23

Sorry I thought it was a blocked duct.

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Lazydaisies · 24/07/2019 19:23

Heat up a needle for 10 minutes in boiling water (or buy a sterile needle) and let it cool pierce the bleb and make an escape route for it with the needle. Then feed, feed, feed. I was plagued by the feckers once teething started. Agony.

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Coldhandscoldheart · 24/07/2019 19:24

I got a few of these, the pain is astonishing. As pp, either scratched with fingernail &s then fed or once I picked the top off with a sterile needle then fed. The clot popped out with feeding, baby spat it out after, relief!!!!

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Sexnotgender · 24/07/2019 19:24

Is it not a blocked duct?

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:25

Oh no lazy! My son just got his first tooth! Tell me this isn't the start of something awful 😅

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Falafel19 · 24/07/2019 19:26

Epsom salts bath in a haakaa pump is supposed to be good. Get the multimam compresses if you can, if there's a blockage spend about 10 mins in the shower and geeeently twist the nipple clockwise/anticlockwise, this cleared the blockage for me and then the bleb went as there was no bad pressure point in the nipple during feeding. Got this at 6 and 18 months when I thought I was well out of the woods re problems!

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StellaLuna65 · 24/07/2019 19:26

The pain is awful it takes your breath away when they latch on.

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Lazydaisies · 24/07/2019 19:26

I just googled and kellymom have a lot of good advice which might be helpful.

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Lazydaisies · 24/07/2019 19:28

DS has TT and lip tie apparently they are common with lip ties during teething. Who knew?

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BuffaloCauliflower · 24/07/2019 19:28

A bleb is another name for a blocked milk duct. Massaging it out and pumping are recognised and normal ways to solve it, as are continuing to feed through it. There’s will be a sort of milk clot blocking the duct that needs pushing out, all these methods will do that.

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Spam88 · 24/07/2019 19:29

I've heard gritting your teeth and scrubbing it with a wet flannel is the way to go, not sure I could do it myself though 😖

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Careylisa · 24/07/2019 19:30

I got these a few times. I took a sterile needle and carefully side scraped it across the bleb to remove the top layer of skin, the relief was instant and amazing!

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Lazydaisies · 24/07/2019 19:36

Careylisa you described that so much better than I did. Any yes to the relief, beautiful relief.

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Katinthedoghouse · 24/07/2019 19:43

Sorry not much advice as it was well over 10 years ago that I last fed a baby and I only came on here as I didn’t know what a Bleb was !

However, one solution I found for a blocked duct was to get on all fours so your nipples are facing the floor
( hopefully ) then massage / stroke gently towards the nipple. Brushing the area towards the nipple with wide tooth comb also weirdly helped.

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