Breastfeeding is an amazing gift a mother can give her child, (life is up there too.) It takes time, dedication, and it can be extremely rewarding. That is, of course, if you have the stomach for it.
To the mom’s that are able to breastfeed with no problems; perfect latch, no pain, smooth sailing the whole year, (or two, or three…) Good for you! That’s awesome! Appreciate it on your own time, though, because the rest of us that breastfeed are (painfully) stumbling our way through.
When my son was about four months old, my right breast started to hurt. It also started to become very hard on that side. My first thought was a plugged duct which can quickly lead to mastitis, so I decided to try to pump it out. Baby was on a random schedule so I couldn’t rely on him and I needed this thing fixed now!
I pumped for a very long time (intermittently for an hour. When you pump, and no milk is coming out, the pain can lead to some tears). I used heat and massage to try to get things moving. No luck. It was so painful I had a brief freak out moment thinking I had mastitis already and I would have to go to the doctor to fix it and would then have to stop breastfeeding.
I decided to “examine” my nipples. There was a white spot on the bottom right side. When I squeezed the nipple, the white spot “filled up” and got bigger. (Do you know where I’m going with this?) It was a milk blister. I know, gross! I had never heard of such a thing and I only discovered what it was called by searching good old Google.
So, what does one do when they discover a blister is the cause of milk back up, pain, and horrible discomfort? Yes, you get a sterile needle and you pop it. At least that’s what I did. And, Thank the Lord, it did the trick!! I tried pumping and immediately had sweet relief! (I ended up pumping 6 ounces in less than 15 minutes…)
I am absolutely not a doctor. Or a lactation consultant. So, is this what I was supposed to do? I have no idea. But it worked out for me. I had to keep a needle close by for a few days following, because it would close up. But after that, I didn’t have any problems regarding blisters or milk back ups, (a biting, scratching baby while nursing is a totally different story!)
Normally I wouldn’t talk openly about this sort of thing. I think there is only one other person that knows I did this, and since they’re his kids too, he gets to endure the good, the bad, and the ugly right along with me (haha!!).
The reason I’m sharing is because I know I’m not the only one that has experienced this. So if you’re having a similar type of milk back up, check for any white spots. And maybe consult your doctor. And, sorry, no pictures for this post-you can google image those on your own. Good luck!
Have you experienced anything similar? I can’t possibly be alone on this!
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