Blood Blister?

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Blood Blister?
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Sat, 01-15-2011 - 5:13pm

So, I think I've developed a small blood blister on my left nipple. It doesn't hurt a ton, but it is painful sometimes, especially right after I pump.

Has anyone else experienced this? Should I try to do something, or just see if it heals on its own?

I swear, it's been one thing after another with this whole BFing/EPing business! I'm getting to the point where I'm not sure if it's worth the time and physical pain anymore.





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Registered: 08-24-2005
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 9:14am
Well, I did everything wrong... so I can tell you what you SHOULDN'T do! LOL! What I did was to always offer Fede the other breast first, so he would suck with less " enthusiasm"... It helped heal the blister, but it led to a small case of mastitis!!! I really think it will heal on its own, but just in case, if you pump in a gentler way on that side, be sure to pump longer so you fully relieve the breast.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 8:44pm
Thanks Jess! I was able to put away some milk in the earlier weeks. I have about 100 oz in the freezer. But, now my supply is just slightly ahead of Evan, so I only freeze a few oz a week.




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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 8:33pm

Sounds like you are doing better since you posted this. So I am glad it's healing and I agree with Mari & Adrienne you have done a GREAT JOb!! I sometimes wonder if I can keep doing the pumping thing and like I said on your blog (at least I thought I did) I only pump 3 to 4 times a day and I hate it so I can't imagine doing what you are doing. I agree with Mari though if you can put away some of your milk (Which it sounds like you are) so you have a stash.

GL Girl! You are doing a great job!


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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 5:37pm
Thanks Mari! Did you do anything to heal your blister, or did it just heal on it's own?

You're right in that pumping doesn't stimulate as good as a baby (with a proper latch and sucking technique) would. But, at the 12-week point, supply is established, so dropping a pump *shouldn't* change the supply too much. I have been doing 5 pumps a day for the last month or so and am ahead of Evan's demand. So, this weekend I went down to 4 pumps. So far so good - I'm still producing the same amount. I will have to make my way down to 1-2 pumps a day so that I don't get clogs or worse, but I hope to get to 6 months before I'm totally done. We'll see how it goes though. It's certainly a lot easier when I'm pumping less and my nipples don't kill me! LOL!




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Registered: 08-24-2005
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 8:16am

First, about the blister: I had one of those when Fede was 3 months old, so I'd say it's perfectly normal to have "issues" even after BF is well established.

Second, about formula: I agree with Adrienne, you've given him a wonderful start. I seriously don't think I could have EP for so long! If it is really bugging you, I think you should transition him... NO GUILTS!!!

Just a thought though... I'm no expert, so correct me if I'm wrong. I've heard that pumping doesn't stimulate supply as good as a baby's mouth, so if you decide to pump for only 1 or 2 feedings a day, you may loose your supply quickly. I would pump and freeze a small stash so you can keep offering BM for a little longer. And then go on and start cutting back pumping sessions.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sun, 01-16-2011 - 2:05pm
Thanks for your reply, Adrienne, and for making me feel good about this whole pumping thing. The blister on my nipple wasn't bleeding, but it looked like a regular blood blister. I read on Kellymom that kind of blister is due to friction. I did change back to my old pump shields for a few pumps to see if they fit better and the blister developed after that. So, I'm thinking that it was rubbing against the side or something.

Anyway, the blister seems to be healing now, but my nipple still hurts when I pump (and when I'm not pumping!). Like you said, it is REALLY weird that I'm starting to have these problems now, at 12 weeks PP. I totally don't mind pumping if it doesn't hurt, but having physical pain now makes it 10000 times worse!

I am thinking of starting to make the transition to formula. This whole thing is just too much. And, like you said, it's not all or nothing. Even if he's still getting 1-2 feeds of BM a day, that's really good for him. I'm going to see how my nipples feel in the next couple of days and go from there.




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Registered: 09-08-2007
Sun, 01-16-2011 - 1:39pm

I think I might have had one of these in the early days of BFing--but I think I described it mentally as a herniated duct--like the end of the duct is red, bleeding, scabby?

Mine went away within a week or so, so hopefully you heal soon.

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