White Spot on My Breast…. What’s Happening?
I’m breastfeeding my 2nd child who is 7 months old and still nurses constantly.
One day I notice signs of a plugged duct, which I have dealt with several times and am used to by now, but this time something is different: a white spot on the nipple.
It is clear that there is something white behind the skin. After a call to La Leche league, I am advised that maybe skin has grown over a duct opening and is blocking smooth passage of milk, causing the back up.
So I *ahem* dig it out with a sterilized needle. (it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, honestly.)
That’s fine, a fountain spurts, I assume the problem is solved.
Until the next morning, and every day since (5 days now) there is still a white spot, but no sign of a plugged duct otherwise. It is sore, a surface burning sensation. I can’t figure this out.
Any ideas??? Please???
Breastfeeding Magazine Response:
There may be a number of things going on at the same time. You may have solved the problem of the plugged duct, but may still have another issue–yeast.
Usually if you or your little one have thrush or yeast issues you will feel a burning sensation as you nurse. You may want to see your doctor or your child’s pediatrician to get drops for the child’s mouth or medication for you to clear up the yeast.
Also you may want to check out our Milk Blister page for more information about milk blisters and how to treat them.
Other visitors–Do you have any additional tips or suggestions for this mom?