Bleb/Milk Blisters

bleb/milk blister

Another cause of pain can be a milk blister or bleb.  These are really common in the early months of breastfeeding and are basically where the skin on the breast overgrows one of the milk ducts and blocks it.  They look like a little white dot on your nipple and are quite painful when your baby breastfeeds.

This photo show a milk blister but it is a little hard to see as they are so small.  It is the very small white dot in the upper part of the nipple.

This image reproduced with kind permission from Zen Spa Consulting

What to do if you have a bleb:

  • Continue breastfeeding as a continued block will cause mastitis. Sometimes your baby will be able to suck the duct hard enough that it will just go away on it's own too.
  • See your doctor as they may be able to reopen it for you
  • If you feel confident, sterilise a needle and prick the skin to reopen it (it is usually best to see you doctor for this though)
  • Some people find homeopathic treatment quite useful if they have repetitive problems with blebs


I actually had a few blebs myself but didn't know what they were and was in the middle of other problems like poor attachment and developing mastitis.  The actual bleb hurt a fair bit but my little guy did end up sucking it out in about 4 days.


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