FAQs: I have a white blister on my nipple and it hurts! What is this?
A blocked nipple pore,
also called a bleb, occurs when skin overgrows a milk duct opening and
milk backs up behind it. It usually shows up as a painful white blister
on the nipple and the pain is localized. Milk blisters can be persistent
and very painful during feeding, and it may take several days or weeks
until the skin peels away and the affected area is healed.
- Soak nipple in Epsom-salt
solution (2 teaspoons of Epsom salt to 1 cup water), rinse, and apply
moist heat. You can also use warm olive oil to help break the skin.
- Nurse or pump immediately.
Do breast compression while nursing/pumping to help push the milk forward.
- Use gentle pressure
at the base of the bleb after feeding/pumping and try to work it through
the nipple pore opening.
- In addition, it
may be helpful to gently rub the blister area with a moist washcloth
once a day.
If after several days,
you don’t see any improvement, you may want to contact your health
care provider; they may be able to use a sterile needle to open the
blister. You also want to contact your doctor if you develop fever or
the blister area is inflamed, red, swollen or oozing.