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Uninspired

I have  had the same milk duct blocked 4 or 5 times in the past 3 weeks. I have managed to clear the blockage with hot showers, massaging and baby feeding. But I have a “permanent” milk blister on my niple. It’s only painful when blocked - like now - I’m really over it.  Any suggestions on how to get rid of this? 

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Mrs Zee

It would be good to touch base with an IBCLC to check latch or oral restriction in bub but from memory,  lecithin is supposed to help. 

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Mrs Zee

Oooh and because we can tag people, @Bethlehem Babe will be more help than me. 

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Bethlehem Babe

Thanks for the tag @Mrs Zee

I think that advice about seeking a check is worthwhile on the latch.

Theres some great tips and hints for clearing blebs or milk blisters here - rubbing with a washcloth while in the shower, rubbing with olive oil,  and as a last resort getting it treated by a medical professional. 

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/white-spot-nipple

 

How old is your baby?

 

 

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Uninspired

Thanks for the advice.

@Bethlehem Babe she’s 5 weeks.   I’m doing the washcloth and will try the olive oil.

I think her latch is ok  @Mrs Zee Unfortunately, the drop in breastfeeding clinics around here are not working atm.  I might try the lecithin as well.
 

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Mrs Zee

Some IBCLC do Skype consults so that could be an option. Is baby having 5 or 6 wet nappies a day and pooing lots? No pain when feeding? 

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Uninspired

Yes, she’s doing well, lots of dirty and wet nappies and is putting on weight. No pain unless the the duct gets blocked. It always the same one. I fell like it had never cleared completely thus the blocking/ unblocking.

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Bethlehem Babe

5 weeks old is also a tricky time for cluster feeding. 
If you are in Australia, check out the Australian Breastfeeding Association - some local groups in safe areas are beginning to get together. A breastfeeding counsellor could watch a feed and help with tricks and tips for attachment and are really useful to determine if you need more support and help. 
 

This is a really great info on supplements  https://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/lecithin/

 

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Lou-bags

Just wanted to add that my women’s specialist physio offered ultrasound treatment for blocked ducts (and I seem to recall some other thing, maybe IV light?, for damaged nipples). No idea how effective but maybe worth looking into?

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PocketIcikleflakes

I found I needed ibuprofen to help ducts clear fully. I think you can't use that until baby is twelve weeks old though possibly?

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Uninspired

Thank you for all the input. Milk is flowing once again, so no more pain for now but I can still see the white spot. 
I’ll keep up with the  washcloth and try to get some lecithin supplements.

I think her attachment is fine, no pain and nipples are not squashed after the feed. I’ve seen a lactation consultant with my first  born so remember a few of the tips. It would be great to have someone looking at it but  I’m in Melbourne and things are going backwards atm. I’ll see if any groups around here back.

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lucky 2

Does your hospital have a breastfeeding clinic?

It's great you don't have squashed nipples during feeds.

White spots/blebs/milk blisters often develop after nipple damage, but maybe not in your case.

There are quite a few GP's in Melbourne that are lactation consultants, they are a good choice of health professional whe n you have ongoing bfing issues, ie recurrent blocked ducts/blocked nipple ducts.

If you would like some names please send me a pm. 😊

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