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    Default Nipple Color

    The tips of my nipples occasionally appear white, or colorless after bf. Is this b/c of LOs sukling or something else?








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    Mine too, I just assumed this was normal. They go back to pink after a few minutes though, do yours?
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    This is generally a latch problem. Do you have OALD? Sometimes LOs will clamp down while nursing to help control the flow of milk. If you're having pains, it could be vasospasms, which I believe has something to do with your circulation also.

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    That's called nipple blanching. It's generally indicative of a shallow latch.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...blanching.html

    As is mentioned in that link, it could also be something more significant called Raynaud's Phenomenon, but that's less likely.

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    wow,
    i too thought it was normal i mostly pump bevause of nipple pain and my nipples are white thhen slowly go back to pink. they are always sore somtimes unbearingly! my ob treeated me for thrush over the phone

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    There is no pain in the nipple or breast, so maybe it is just circulation... but I do think I have OALD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommyLuvsU View Post
    Mine too, I just assumed this was normal. They go back to pink after a few minutes though, do yours?
    Yes! Mine do go back to pink after a few minutes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubliminalDarkness View Post
    That's called nipple blanching. It's generally indicative of a shallow latch.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...blanching.html

    As is mentioned in that link, it could also be something more significant called Raynaud's Phenomenon, but that's less likely.
    A LC told me the same thing but said some latches can not be corrected. I have "short and flat" nipples and thus my LO has a shallow latch. She gets plenty of milk but she had to "learn" that what I was putting in her mouth was really a nipple inthe begining. I do not have any pain and the color returns in a few minutes after nursing (or pumping - yes, my pump has a shallow latch too).
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    Marymud---
    Was just reading this thread and saw you mentioned "milk donating." Tell me more...I'm nursing my 3m.o. who is sleeping great at night so I pump every morning and have scads of milk and I'm thinking...what in the world do I do with it? What's the story with milk donation?
    Sorry, I'm sure this isn't appropriate place for this question....
    BTW, I'm "flat" too and have white tips after nursing, I thought it b/c my girl was sucking so well!! Who knew! (:

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    Default Re: Nipple Color

    my areole and nipples were gorgeous chocolate brown before my son arrived. now i joke tha he's sucked all the color from my nipples because they're now bright pink!

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