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Painful red bump on areola - help!

I have a VERY painful red pimple-like bump on my areola.  It just popped up today.  About 10 days ago I switched to the smaller (21mm) Medela breastshield for my pump, according to the sizing guide, and it seems to be right where my areola would rub when I pump.  But I've been pumping twice a day since I got the smaller shields, so if it was from that wouldn't it have happened sooner?

 

Anyone know what it is or know what I can do to help it go away?  It's right where DS's lip goes when he latches, so it's pretty painful to nurse him on that side.  I don't think it's from a bad latch, as we've never had any latching trouble.  Thanks for your help!

 

ETA: I just tried to BF him on that side, and it was okay for a minute or two, and then all of a sudden I was in excrutiating pain, and I pulled him off and the bump was huge and purple Crying

Re: Painful red bump on areola - help!

  • Sounds like a clogged Montgomery's gland.  I had one several months ago and it was horrible.  Your not supposed to squeeze them but I couldn't help myself.  I took a very very hot shower, and then squeezed as hard as I could.  It took a bit, but finally a bunch of thickened milk came squirting out. It immediately started feeling better.
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  • I'm no doc...but if it stays painful and inflamed might be worth having the doc lance it. Sounds to me like an infected spot (pore or duct clog?)...but maybe its a blister? Just be sure to keep your shield and breast clean and dry, wash hands, etc...but it could just be a freak infection...it happens.
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  • Definitely could be what the first poster said but you might also want to look on Kellymom website and see if it could be a milk blister. I have had one on the tip of my nipple and this latest on my areola.  The first time I had it, my doc wouldn't do anything to "pop" it and it did go away within ten days using heat every once in a while plus lanolin ointment after nursing.  This last time (on my areola) it has taken a bit longer to go away but has responded best to heat and lanolin as well. 
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    Sounds like a clogged Montgomery's gland.  I had one several months ago and it was horrible.  Your not supposed to squeeze them but I couldn't help myself.  I took a very very hot shower, and then squeezed as hard as I could.  It took a bit, but finally a bunch of thickened milk came squirting out. It immediately started feeling better.

    all of this. Happened to me a week or so ago! Super gross but kinda fun to squeeze it... Embarrassed

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