This refers to tightening of the blood vessels supplying the nipples thereby preventing the adequate flow of blood into the nipples. Characteristically triggered by cold, mothers with this problem may present with pain, burning sensation, or numbness of their nipples while nursing or breastfeeding. At its peak, the nipples may turn white or blue but later become pink whenever the blood flow returns to the nipples. This is the hallmark of differentiating this cause of nipple pain from the other causes of nipple pain.
This entails keeping your whole body warm and breast feeding in a warm environment. Also quite important, is the need to avoid as much as possible the intake of nicotine and caffeine, as these both can worsen the problem. For more information, please CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS.
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Reference and further reading:
1. Lawrence R. Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Professional, 7th ed, 2010.
2. American Academy of Pediatrics and the Americal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, Shanler, RJ (Eds), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Villate, IL 2006.