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What is a bleb or blister?

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Bleb or Blister

A bleb or blister is usually painful, and is one reason for nipple pain that starts later than the first few days of feeding. The pain is caused by either a small blister on the nipple or a small block at the very tip of a milk duct. Occassionally Mums who get a bleb or blister also have a blocked duct.

The treatment is the same as for managing a blocked duct. Massaging the affected breast – as you would before hand expressing – while in a warm bath with your breast under the water can help release any small blockages.

 If the blister is painful it may be soothing after feeds to:

  • gently massage 100% lanolin nipple cream onto the affected nipple
    use a hydrogel pack – ask your pharmacist for details.

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