Sometimes while breastfeeding, a nursing woman can develop what’s called a a milk blister, or blocked nipple pore. Also called a bleb, a nipple blister may appear on the nipple and/or the areola as just a white, clear or yellow dot, but might sometimes stand out as a large blister.
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Most of the time it is quite painful on the tip of the nipple, but some moms feel the pain further behind inside the breast. It usually heals in a couple of days, but sometimes the associated pain is unbearable and mothers resort to treatment instead of waiting as it heals in its own. There are a few ways to treat a milk blister, depending on what kind it is.
Two types of blebs
- A milk blister occurs when some skin grows over a milk duct opening and then keeps the milk from coming out. This causes a blockage and a blister. The spot is usually raised with visible fluid underneath.
- A white spot occurs when a milk clot (dried milk) obstruction within the milk duct is stopping the flow of milk.