how to treat nipple blood blister

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Registered: 03-30-2007
how to treat nipple blood blister
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Wed, 04-15-2009 - 7:36pm

I am nursing my 16 month old, and appear to have what I think is a blood blister on the right side. I *think* she's dealing with some teeth issues, and I've noticed the latch being a bit more scratchy. When this has happened in the past, it's just been a bit of a scrappy feeling, and waiting it out it went away. But now there appears to be actual damage on the right nipple with a blood blister that is sensitive at all times, so especially so during nursing. However, it does *not* appear to have cracked the skin.

So my question is how best to deal with this? obviously we'll work on really paying attention to the latch (though at this age there's only so much influence I have on her..;) and hopefully whatever's bugging her mouth will come through soon. But in the meantime is there anything I can do for the actual blister? Or do I just suck it up and let time take care of it?

Thank you for any help! (And I checked on kellymom, but the section on blisters just had a broken link to iV.)







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Sun, 04-19-2009 - 3:54pm

Definitely try to make sure latch is ok. I know that can be a challenge with a toddler but if the baby is doing something that is especially uncomfortable take her off the breast asap. If you take her off consistently when she’s doing any ‘funny’ business on the breast she’ll learn not to do that……..whatever it is. Even if she is allowed to get back on in a minute or so, she’ll get the idea. It’s sort of like not letting a newborn on until the mouth is wide open. If you let the baby on with the mouth open partially that’s what they learn to do, if you wait until it’s opened wide they’ll learn to open wide. Toddlers can be broken from their ‘bad’ bf monkey business that is hurting mom if you are persistent.


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Registered: 10-16-2007
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 12:55pm

Kathy, sorry to thread jack but I have a related question and wonder if this advise is good for me too.


I am having the same issue with my daughter (9months) not latching well on one nipple and is bitting it.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 8:58pm




Ouch! Yes you can do the same things. You can also rest the sore nipple by pumping only and bf on the other side until the sore one is healed. Just be sure you have a high quality pump and pump with each feeding.


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Registered: 10-16-2007
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 9:35pm
Thank you so much for your advise Kathy!

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