Clog then a Milk Blister? What to do?

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Registered: 12-23-2011
Clog then a Milk Blister? What to do?
Fri, 04-20-2012 - 4:13pm

My daughter is 4.5 months old and I was EPed exclusively for the first 8 weeks or so and then slowly my daughter started latching on so I currently Pump while at work and feed when I am home (which is only 2 and max 3 feedings but still ok). In the last three weeks, I dropped my middle of the night pumping because my daughter was nursing from me during the night and I was only offering one side to her because I make too much milk and I wanted her to get the hindmilk when she nurses at night rather than switching breasts and her getting all foremilk. Well that back fired because I got my first nasty clot earlier in the week. It hurt like heck and I tried hot compress and pumping etc but that didn't clear it. Finally when I went home and nursed my daughter the clog disappeared. I thanked heavens...well..until the next day. I think I got a milk blister on my nipple. It hurts! I have tried poking it with a sterile needle a couple of times and I don't know if it has burst or not but it still hurts. It hurts the MOST when my daughter nurses...I am screaming in pain. When I pump it hurts too but not as bad as if my daughter nurses. My questiosn are:

1. How long does it take for the blister to go away?
2. How will you know you have gotten rid of the blister with a needle when you poke it?
3. I am getting less milk on the side that has the blister. Before the clog/blister I got the same amount on both sides and now I get an ounce less on the blister/clog side. Is that normal? Will my supply go back up after it is all healed? Also WHERE is all the milk going if I am unable to pump?

Thanks in advance for any answers.

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Registered: 02-10-2012
Sun, 04-22-2012 - 6:20am
Hi there, That sounds so painful. Ive not had a blister myself, but have had many clogs! I read that a blister may stay put for either days or weeks, but there is treatment. I've pasted he below from the Kellymom website: An epsom-salt soak before breastfeeding helps to open the milk duct opening and also aids in healing. Use a solution of epsom salt — 2 teaspoons to 1 cup water. The epsom salt is first dissolved in a small amount of very hot water, then further water is added to cool it down enough to soak in. Try to add this epsom-salt soak to your routine at least 4 times per day. Prior to nursing (and directly after the epsom-salt soak) place an extremely hot wet compress on the milk blister immediately before nursing or pumping. Be careful not to burn yourself. A cotton ball soaked with olive oil can be used to soften the skin instead of the wet compress. I hope this helps and that it clears up for you soon. Perhaps someone with more experience will reply with som advice too. x