How do I treat a milk pimple?
Milk pimples heal on their own, but it can take up to eight weeks. There are a number of treatment options but very little research on which are best. If the pimple is new, small, looks like a pimple, and is above the surface of the nipple, mothers may be able to open it and remove the contents. After this, the pain settles quickly. This is done with a pair of sterilized tweezers. To support healing, purified lanolin should be applied after each feeding and covered with a non-stick dressing. Another way to open a pimple is with a sterile needle, but this can be both more painful and more dangerous. If the pimple is old, big, or deep, mothers can use a mid-strength steroid ointment for 7 to 10 days to decrease the pain and inflammation. This needs to be wiped off before breastfeeding. Milk pimples can be opened with a scalpel, injected with steroid medication, or if the breast milk shows signs of infection, be treated with antibiotics.