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Milk blisters? Say what?
Also known as milk blebs, these little pests are small white or yellow spots that appear on the nipple or areola, and can make breastfeeding or pumping a painful experience.
Milk blisters are caused by the buildup of milk in a milk duct or pore. The skin over the pore can become thickened and block the milk from flowing freely, and this blockage can cause a blister to form. Milk blisters can also be caused by skin irritation or trauma to the breast.
To put it short and blunt, milk blisters can be the absolute worst.
They can make an already challenging task of breastfeeding or pumping even more difficult. They can be incredibly painful and make it difficult for baby to latch correctly. They can also cause a decrease in milk supply, which can be frustrating for new and seasoned moms alike.
The good news? They are temporary!
Let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts of milk blisters.
The short answer is yes. You can breastfeed and pump with a milk blister, but just be warned: it’s going to hurt, or at least be uncomfortable.>
Breastfeeding and pumping with a milk blister can be especially challenging, as the suction from your baby's mouth or the flange can cause intense pain. It's important to take breaks as needed and seek support from a lactation consultant or healthcare provider if you're struggling.
Though it may seem impossible, it’s important to try and keep the blister from becoming irritated or inflamed by using proper breastfeeding techniques and ensuring a proper latch. If you're pumping, you can use a breast shield to help protect the blistered area. You may also want to try changing your pumping position or reducing the suction so that it won’t hurt as much.
There are several things you can do to help treat a milk blister.
Firstly, try to keep the area clean and dry. You can apply nipple balm, such as Willow's Mama Care Nipple Balm, to help soothe and moisturize the skin. You can also try using a warm compress to help soften the skin and open up the blocked pore.
When it comes to clothing, it's important to wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn't rub against the blister. Avoid using harsh soaps or other skin irritants on the affected area. If you do need to wash the area, use a mild soap and rinse thoroughly.
Most importantly: Do. Not. Pop. The. Blister.
It may be tempting, but popping a milk blister can lead to infection and make the problem even worse. If you're concerned about the blister, it's best to talk to your doctor. He or she can provide guidance on the best course of action.
If the blister has popped on its own, you’ll want to keep the area clean and dry. You can apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a sterile dressing to help prevent infection.
For a body that's done so much. The Willow Mama Care bundles includes our clean, ultra-moisturizing nipple balm to heal and sooth cracked nipples and luxurious, quick-drying breast and belly oil.
Milk blisters typically last a few days to a week. If the blister hasn't gone away after a week or if it's causing significant pain, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor. They can check out the blister and decide if any further treatment is necessary.
In some cases, a milk blister can lead to a blocked milk duct, which can cause further issues, like the dreaded mastitis. If you're experiencing fever, chills, or flu-like symptoms, you'll want to reach out to your doctor ASAP.
Breastfeeding and pumping can be challenging, and milk blisters can make it even more difficult. If you're struggling with milk blisters or any other breastfeeding-related issues, don't hesitate to reach out to a lactation consultant or healthcare provider.
Remember, breastfeeding is a journey, and it can take time to find what works best for you and your baby. Don't be afraid to ask for help or try different techniques. With patience, support, and the right tools, you can overcome any challenges and have a successful breastfeeding experience.
And speaking of tools, one of the best ways to simplify your breastfeeding and/or pumping journey is with a hands-free mobile pump, such as Willow. This innovative breast pump is designed to fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle, allowing you to pump on the go, without sacrificing quality or comfort. Unlike traditional breast pumps, which can be bulky and noisy, the Willow pump fits inside your bra and operates quietly, so you can pump without anyone noticing.
This means you can pump at work, on the go, or even in public, without feeling self-conscious or inconvenienced.
The Willow pump is also incredibly comfortable. Its unique design allows you to pump in a reclined position, which can be much more comfortable than sitting upright. And because the Willow pump is hands-free, you can use your hands to do other things while you pump, whether you're typing on your computer, playing with your baby, or just relaxing. The Willow pump is also easy to clean, with just a few parts that can be quickly and easily disassembled and washed. What a game-changer!
Whether you choose the Willow Go or the Willow 3.0, you can expect to enjoy numerous benefits that will make your pumping experience easier and more enjoyable. So why wait? Invest in a Willow pump today, and experience the difference for yourself!
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