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Old 03-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Milk blister issue, help!

A little back story: I have ebf my 6 month old DD from day 1. We've never had any issues, and she's always had a very good latch. I got a milk blister earlier this week because my DD decided to nurse to sleep one day. I soaked it in warm water and put some olive oil on it before she nursed a few times and it seemed to be getting better. Today I noticed it looks kinda pus filled and it really really hurts. I also noticed there is a vein like thing coming from my nipple to my breast on my areola. It looks like if you had a vein on your arm that was really showing. It is somewhat hard. Is it a blocked duct? I'm just super worried I'm going to get mastitis. Which I definitely do not want. What can I do to prevent mastitis? and what can I do to get rid of the blocked duct (if it is one)?

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Milk blister issue, help!

I had great luck getting the clog out with an epsom salt bath. It looked silly, but I dissolved some epsom salt in warm water in a bowl, set it on a chair, and leaned over it to submerge my boob. The epsom salt really helps dissolve the clog and soon I had chunky milk coming out (that then dissolved even more in the bowl). It was silly, weird, kind of cool, and felt sooooooo good. Then I was able to massage by breast and get even more of the clog out.
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Re: Milk blister issue, help!

Do the epsom salt soak or take a really hot bath and put warm compresses on your breast. You will be able to tell when the clog loosens up and it will all come out.
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You can also sterilize a needle and poke it, i found that worked best for me. I think there's some more suggestions on kellymom. Good luck on getting rid of it!
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