Originally Posted by vwmama
I still have a white part on the tip of the nipple which hurts when nursing and sometimes when I'm not. Yesterday I tried to gently pull a little bit off and now it's more sore. I am wondering if it's thrush or just the milk blister?? I have had a smaller one before but I don't remember it hurting this much. I am trying warm compresses before nursing and am hoping it clears up. How long should a milk blister last?
Is there some kind of issue with proper latching with your baby? I wonder, b/c plugs and blebs can be caused by improper latch. Or is baby skipping or shortening feeds?
Try to be as consistent with emptying the breast as possible now. If baby is inconsistent or latching wrong b/c of, say, teething, lecithin, as recced above, can help prevent recurrent plugs. A bleb, or milk blister, is a plug at the outlet.
The warm compress, followed by nursing or pumping, can usually open a bleb. If not, you can take a sterile needle and open it. Be careful to keep everything near or on your nipple, scrupulously clean. Open sores can be vulnerable to thrush and you could have both, plugs and thrush. Dr Newmans' all purpose nippple cream can help.
Do a search on kellymom for that ointment, "blebs" and "thrush" treatments.