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Any experience of nipple blisters?
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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:43 AM
I have two blisters on my right nipple - clear ones, not white spots. There doesn't seem to be any blockages but it is very painful to feed. I think it may be due to poor attachment when I was feeding him lying down and snoozing (something we don't often do).
Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do about it?
ABA advice was to rest it for 24 hours and see if it mends but unfortunately I am failing dismally at this. It is the favoured breast - my supply is much lower on the other one since a bout of mastitis in the early days.
I find expressing challenging but have managed to get some with a manual pump if I express while he is feeding on the other side. I'm struggling with the logistics of it all though and I can't get him to take the expressed milk. I've tried a bottle, cup, teaspoon, syringe. He just wants the nipple. I may be giving up too easily but it's a difficult time as my little one is particularly cranky and needy at the moment and I'm feeling very sleep deprived. (We're in that wonderful fourth wonder "week" / 4 month sleep regression).
So because he wants the nipple and because I'm really scared of damaging my supply we are continuing to feed on the blistered nipple - albeit a little less than usual (and expressing a little but wasting the milk). I can handle the pain but am wondering if it will ever heal. I'm also very conscious that I don't want it to get infected.
Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:54 AM
Smother it in lanisoh & air as much as possible. Ensure your attachment is good when you feed in that side. Take panadol prior to feeds. I had almost the exact same situation at 4 months with my first son (although I somehow managed to blister both nipples!!) It will heal surprisingly quickly if you use the lanisoh & lots of airing.
Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:12 PM
mtilly said it all really. I had the same on both nipples (don't remember what age DS was though, very early days).
It was agony! and I came very close to chucking in the towel. But it really does heal. The lansinoh and air drying is great. Sometimes I even just used breastmilk (express a little at end of feed and smear around) then sat with no top on and let them dry - even better in the sun for a bit (obviously not in hot direct sun in the middle of the day).
Honestly, this is one of those times to keep in mind "this too shall pass". It seems unbearable at the time, but in a few weeks you won't remember the pain - like so much of parenting I guess . Good luck and hopefully it clears up easily for you. Make sure that latch is good. One other thing I did was until the blistered healed, I tried to avoid letting DS comfort suck.
Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:28 PM
Thanks for the replies! I feel better already. I can sit it out.
For some reason I just freak out when I have any feeding problems - I find it really stressful. (And I know blisters are nothing compared to the feeding problems so many women persist through).
Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:37 PM
I went to a physio who specialised in pre and post natal issues.
It was the same physio who visited each morning in hospital.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:30 AM
i had that a few times and yes so painful and i fed through a shield and it hurt so i can imagine it without a shield.
i was given a cream by prescription called kenacomb to encourage quick healing and to stop infection. i also took nurofen.
it went after a week
Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:00 AM
Would it help to try changing his feeding postion ie: try football hold? This may alter the pressure on the blistered areas? Worked for me with DS.Using the creams etc is also great.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:48 AM
I have problems with persistent milk blebs, which are a little bit different, but I think similar healing tactics.
Things I've found helpful (some already mentioned):
- REALLY focus on good, deep attachment on that breast
- feed first off the unaffected breast, then when he isn't so frantic and hungry, switch him to the sore breast and then switch back to the the first breast towards the end of the feed to minimise any comfort sucking on the sore breast.
- get creative with using alternate feeding positions if necessary. So if you hurt the nipple while feeding side-lying, I'd avoid a side lying position for a while.
- Lansinoh and air-dry.
- Panadol and nurofen. As silly as it sounds, I am a shocker for forgetting how useful pain relief is for relieving pain, so never think of this until someone points it out. Lol.
- if they really won't heal after a week or so, if might be worth having a chat to your GP. I have scar tissue which has formed, which is what causes my blebs. My GP prescribed a cortisone cream to help soften the scar tissue. It seems to help my blisters heal more quickly, but is a royal pain in the bum, because you have to wash it off between feeds.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:23 AM
I find the best cure is a bit of breast milk rubbed into the nipple after a feed. Air dry if possible. Blisters and blebs hurt! But I never stopped feeding from the affected side as it just wasn't practical. The breast milk treatment is easy and works well.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:35 AM
If they are blisters caused by friction on the nipple because it is not going deep enough in your baby's mouth then this is the first thing to sort out, if there isn't any infection then they will heal quickly if the friction stops.
Blisters usually form if the nipple is compressed and pushed up on the hard palate in baby's mouth, you will know as each suck pinches and your nipple is somewhat squashed (not usual shape) after a feed.
If you are having trouble getting a deep latch then you could see a LC for bfing advice/education.
Other than that, air and ebm should do the trick.
All the best.
Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:11 AM
Thanks everyone for the very helpful advice - I followed it all and
my nipple is almost completely healed already. Will have to watch the attachment if we continue with sleepy lying down feeds...
Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:04 PM
Depending how little your baby is, and the shape/direction of your breasts/nipples, one thing I found helpful for side lying feeding in the early days was to lie DS on a folded up beach towel (it was big enough to be thick when folded, but more solid than a pillow/blanket) to lift him up a bit so that my nipple didn't drag. It also caught all the possets, dribbles, so I didn't have to remake the bed.
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