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White bump on areola?

It's kind of sore, but not too bad.  Looks like a blister but it's white like it's got milk in it.  Anyone have any idea what it is?
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Re: White bump on areola?

  • Other small openings in the areola are sebaceous glands known as Montgomery's glands (or glands of Montgomery) which provide lubrication to protect the area around the nipple and assist with suckling and pumping of the lactation. These can be quite obvious and raised above the surface of the areola, giving the appearance of "goose-flesh". This tissue in addition to supporting the flow of lactose also bears the brunt of abuse that the suckling involves.-wikipedia

     The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin which secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate the skin and hair of animals.-wikipedia

     

  • Thanks...any idea what I can do to make it go away?  It's pretty tender to touch.
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  • image ScarletandGray:

    Other small openings in the areola are sebaceous glands known as Montgomery's glands (or glands of Montgomery) which provide lubrication to protect the area around the nipple and assist with suckling and pumping of the lactation. These can be quite obvious and raised above the surface of the areola, giving the appearance of "goose-flesh". This tissue in addition to supporting the flow of lactose also bears the brunt of abuse that the suckling involves.-wikipedia

     The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin which secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate the skin and hair of animals.-wikipedia

     

    Thanks...but I looked that up - and that's not what I'm talking about.  This literally looks like a small blister filled with milk or something white.  It's also a little tender.  I think Montgomery Glands are normal and shouldn't be painful.

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  • The blister part sounds like it could be thrush.  I've never had it so I can't provide any other advice.  Def look it up though.
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  • Sounds like a milk blister. I never got one, but kellymom talks about them here: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/nipplebleb.html

     

  • image KacieLeigh:
    Thanks...any idea what I can do to make it go away?  It's pretty tender to touch.

    I would call your OB on this one.  I had this and it turned out to be an infection.  I let it go for a couple days and it got incredibly painful.  I was given meds that were safe for bfing and DS eventually popped it through nursing. 

  • It sounds like a milk blister to me, too, but you will feel better if you contact a LC or your OB to be sure.  Mine was very sore to the touch and looked like an enormous whitehead.  It went away on its own eventually.  Hope you feel better. 
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  • I popped one last night - mine was a combo blister and clog.  A TON of milk came out and it feels SO much better.  I have had the pedi pop one and I am always getting clogs so I felt pretty comfortable doing it,  I take a clean tweezer and basically pull (gently!) out the dried milk.  Then I either pump or nurse until it is empty.  When the pedi did it, I bled a little and she said it is fine if DD gets blood mixed in with the milk.  Gross but it did the trick.
    good luck!
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