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Thread: Purple Nipple after Pumping

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Exclamation Purple Nipple after Pumping

    Does this happen to anyone else? I have noticed that while I am pumping and right after I have purple nipples. Is this cause for concern? I currently use a PISA twice a day while I am at work. I pump for 15 minutes each session.
    Happy Mama of 4 beautiful boys ages 17, 13, 10, 3 and just welcomed the newest member of the family on 3/22/2016 OUR FIRST GIRL!! :
    Was not able to BF first 3 boys but now successfully and thriving

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping

    Sounds like a vasospasm: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/moth...ple-blanching/. A different size of shields may help, since vasospasms often result from compression of the nipple.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Central PA

    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping

    I notice the same thing. It goes away as soon as I stop pumping. I was also wondering if my shield could possibly be to big (I can't imagine it being too small). I don't really know how to tell. I think my whole (if not most) areola gets sucked in with my nipple. I'm not sure how much or how little should get sucked into the flange. I never have know if I am using the right size. My nipple/areaola looks like it swells while pumping. Is this normal too?

    First time mother to Avery Grace 7/17/2012

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