Re: Breastfeeding 22 month old
However, rusty pipe syndrome is generally found in first-time mothers, and then usually only in the earlier stages of lactation. It usually occurs during pregnancy or when a mom is nursing a newborn.
I would keep a careful eye on this. There's a very good chance that this is blood from some minor injury- it could be something that happened when you were expressing or could be from something as simple as your baby punching that breast, or perhaps you banged yourself somewhere along the line. You could even be pregnant- that would explain both the soreness and the blood, since rusty pipe syndrome is thought to stem from changes to the breast that occur during pregnancy. But if you see this again, and you're not pregnant, I would actually go to see the doctor. There's a condition called introduction papilloma that can cause unexplained bleeding in the breast, and I would want that possibility eliminated if this continues much longer.
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