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Q&A: What's this white spot on my nipple and why is my boob is super-hard?

What's this white spot on my nipple and why is my boob is super-hard?

Re: What's this white spot on my nipple and why is my boob is super-hard?

The Bump Expert There are several names for a white spot on the nipple: nipple blister, milk blister, blocked nipple pore, or a milk bleb. The first type of milk bleb is caused when a little piece of skin grows over a nipple pore and the milk collects under it causing the milk to back up. Sometimes a milk bleb is formed when a tiny collection of fat cells gather and stick together at the opening of the nipple pore and become a hardened plug. Regardless of the cause, they usually start out appearing as a tiny clear, yellow, or white blister and then progressively become white and hardened. Although the milk bleb itself is very small, it is extremely painful as the milk starts to back up behind the blister area and can even lead to clogging within the breast. To treat the milk bleb, it is important to soften the skin first by immersing your nipple in a bowl of very warm (don't burn yourself) water and remain soaking in the bowl for five to seven minutes. Next, try to pull the plug out by immediately nursing or pumping with a hospital-grade pump. Some moms may rub a washcloth or gently scrape the bleb with a fingernail. It is not recommended to prick the blister with a pin due to the risk of infection. When the bleb comes out it is important to wash the area with warm soapy water and apply an antibiotic ointment. Call your healthcare provider if you notice any fever, redness, swelling, or pus coming from the area.