Here is everything you need to know about nipple vasospasms when exclusively pumping, including symptoms, how to treat them, and prevention. Nipple vasospasms which are also called mammary constriction syndrome are a sudden narrowing of the blood vessels in the nipple. These spasms can prevent blood from getting to certain areas of the nipple, and they often happen in response to cold.
Raynaud's phenomenon is a term used to describe intermittent loss of blood flow to some extremities due to a spasm in the blood vessels vasospasm. The most commonly affected areas are the fingers and toes, but it can affect the nipples as well. The constriction of blood flow causes a loss of color and severe pain.
Vasospasm occurs when blood vessels constrict or tighten. It can be very painful and is usually worse when you are cold. Vasospasm may occur in any blood vessels in the body such as in the heart, brain or eyes.
The information should help you identify the most likely cause of your discomfort and take steps to resolve it. Whilst there are a number of causes of nipple pain, by far the most common is poor attachment at the breast. Experiment with different ways of holding your baby and also try letting your baby take the lead: sitting in a semi-reclined position and placing your baby on your front triggers his instinctive feeding reflexes laid-back breastfeeding.
Here, we will refer to both conditions as vasospasm. Vasospasm can also occur in nipples. In fact, it is much more common than generally believed.
Vasospasm can happen with exposure to cold or emotional stress, but in some people, it can be quite severe and cause pain. During breastfeeding, the blood vessels in the nipple can contract or spasm. Nipple vasospasm can cause mild to severe nipple or breast pain during or between feeds.
Nipple vasospasm may sometimes feel like a thrush infection of the nipple or breast. It is important to seek professional help as soon as possible if this problem is continuing despite your efforts. The information contained in this patient handout is a suggestion only, and is not a substitute for consultation with a health professional or lactation specialist.
Vasospasm happens when blood vessels tighten and go into spasm, so that blood does not flow normally. Mothers with vasospasm of the nipple feel sharp pain, burning or stinging in the nipple. It is usually accompanied by sudden whitening of the nipple, followed by a colour change from red to blue. It can be a response of the nipple to trauma, if the baby is not attached to the breast well.
Nipple blanching is a term used to describe painful, white nipples. Blanching can be the result of a vasospasm, when the blood vessels constrict and spasm, or from any other situation that temporarily stops the blood from flowing to the nipples. When this happens, the nipples turn pale or white, and there may be a painful, burning sensation.
A vasospasm is a sudden constriction or narrowing of the blood vessels. Vasospasm is a constriction of the blood vessels in the nipple that causes the nipple to blanch, or turn white. Compression of the nipple is a common cause, either due to shallow breastfeeding or the baby compressing the nipple to slow fast milk flow.