Home made remedies for milk bleb
A milk bleb or milk blister, or simply called “milk under the skin” occurs when a tiny bit of milk get clogged and dried in the nipple. It can also be caused by an overgrowth of tiny piece of skin over the nipple pore which prevents milk flowing. Here are a few other remedies you can try:
Place a cotton ball soaked in vinegar over the clogged nipple pore for a long time. It helps to break down any hardened milk in the nipple pore.
Nurse your baby with her chin pointing toward the clog.
Before feeding or pumping, hold a warm compress like a wash cloth or heating pad over the inflamed area.
Increase your intake of vitamin C and D, and probiotics.
There is a blood bleb and a milk bleb. The obvious difference is blood under one and milk under the other. There is no need for concern unless there is a lot of pain/discomfort to the mother when nursing.
One can try a few things as follows: nursing baby in a different position’ to pop a bleb yourself using a needle ( I don’t recommend but some feel confident to do so), or hot shower and scraping the area;or olive oil/ vinegar as mentioned to loosen the clog and let baby or pump help work it out; and of course your doctor as last resort.
Not all lactation consultants pop blebs but if you have a question or unsure if you have a bleb they can help find it as some blebs aren’t as well seen as others and some cover more than one spot where milk exits the nipple.