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I have, on my left nipple, what can only be described as a "blob of white paint", and it appears to have a tiny, thin layer of nipple skin covering it. It's starting to tingle, and sting slightly, making that nipple very sensitive. I've tried getting it warm and wet in the shower but it won't come off. I have been able to peel a small layer of whitish stuff from it, but the rest is still there, like it's a permanent part of my nipple now. It's not like it's liquid milk just trapped waiting to be released.<br><br>
It's not Raynauds, and it's not exactly a blister. What can I do to help it go away? It's making nursing on that breast more and more uncomfortable.<br><br>
DS is 9 months by the way, and I've successfully breastfed all 4 of my babies, so I figured I was out of the woods for weird stuff happening. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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That sounds wierd. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Do you have anybody who could look at it? Have you tried changing positions? A 9 mo old is probably pretty comfortable, is his latch still good and does his latch match up in any way with the spot or is this a non-nursing related thing? There are lots of ways that milk can create an abscess (sp) and do some pretty wierd things. Definitely see someone if it starts to get painful. Any LLL leaders in your area? Hmmmm<br>
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It definitely sounds like a milk blister...if so, when I went to the breastfeeding clinic at my hospital they gave me some sterile lancets to break the skin over it. I had to do it a couple of times before it finally went away.<br><br>
I guess another possibility for a white mark is thrush? but that sounds unlikely. Maybe see if you can find a breastfeeding clinic or LLL like the pp said.
 

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I read something here not long ago about this the woman said it was a pluged duct there at the nipple tip and she was able to take a needle and dig the milk clot out. *shudder* sounded painfull to me but she said after it was out she felt much better.
 

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I have the EXACT same description on my nipple, for over a month now. Except i haven't peeled anything away. Ds is 6.5 months. It was a bit uncomfortable at first but now its just "there" and doesn't bother me or him so i'm just leaving it. but its probably a blister and i hear it goes away on its own...which is what i was hoping for, but kellymom has a great "don't do this at home" thing and then tells you exactly how to do it. wink wink. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You could just sterlize a needle and do it like the page says.<br><br>
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Well, when I have been able to peel a layer from the surface (like after a shower) there is still this hard (did I mention it was hard?) white bump there. It's not just a liquid blister waiting to be popped. It's like the milk has "become one" with the tip of my nipple. I'll check over at Kellymom, and put in a call to my midwife.<br><br>
Thanks mommas! If anyone has any more info please keep it coming!<br><br>
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Oooohhhh mama. I have SOOO been there. For over a year with my first, and then in the beginning with my second, I had those over and over and over. I saw a minimum of 6 healthcare professionals, trying to diagnose it. I finally figured out that it was a "milk" blister, caused by friction from a slightly bad latch. My first DD used to nurse all night long, many nights not even letting go of the nipple until morning (oh, my aching back!). It wasn't until after we nightweaned that they stopped coming every few weeks. I still got them, but not nearly as often, and as we got down to just a nursing or two a day, they stopped entirely. In fact, my very first post here was about this very subject. I should find it and link back to it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I always picked them open too, trying to get the "milk" out. Very occasionally, the plug WAS preventing the milk from getting out, but the white part you see isn't milk, it's the skin itself. I think it kind of dies from the friction and resulting irritation and turns white, because it would always peel off in a teeny O of dead skin (gross, I know!) and then the duct opening would be pink and normal again.<br><br>
So, the bottom line is, don't pick at it. I didn't discover this until it started happening with my second, and man, it goes away a lot faster if you leave it the hell alone. In fact, if you pick at it, it swells more, and that's when it starts to interfere with flow. Pay super mega attention to your latch, and what happens at night. The reason it took me so long to figure it out was because nursing wasn't painful at all. I did have a lot of discomfort in the beginning, for a long time, but then it faded away. Then this started. So I guess I just got used to it? I don't know, all I know is, reading your post, I was transported back in time. I was terrified I'd have the same persistent problem with my second--I thank the heavens on a regular basis that I didn't.<br><br>
If you have any other questions, definitely PM me. Try keeping it lubricated too. I used an abx cream for awhile and the blisters would go away a lot faster, but in the end, I think it was more because the cream kept it lubricated.<br><br>
ETA: OK, it was my second post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=2106802&postcount=1" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...02&postcount=1</a><br><br>
Don't pick at it!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've had several of these in the last 3 mos, and everytime, it's been a plugged duct. I sterlized a needle and pricked the skin over the white spot, then used a warm compress and almost squeezed it like a zit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> Most of the time, curdled milk would come out (like a piece of thread), then I let ds nurse on that side in every position imaginable. Usually was gone in a day or two.
 

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Hey there. I just wanted to post again since what you described is exactly my description (becoming part of the nipple, not just milk trapped but hard white with layer of skin over it, etc.)<br><br>
Well, i had it for probably 1 month and half and suddenly, gone. i didn't pick or pop it with a needle, i just let it take its course. although it wasn't painful for me.<br><br>
don't know it that helps at all, but if you can deal with it, it will go away eventually.<br><br>
i did take a hot bath yesterday...maybe that helped? but it didn't pop, it just got smaller and went away.
 
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