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Thread: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

  1. #1
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    Question Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    My 3 1/2 month old recently stopped night feeding and I need to pump every morning.
    Today after pumping (hardly...to finish faster...) I noticed that part of my nipple became purple (quite dark..). It is not sore (at least until now..)

    Has this happened to anybody and how does it heal??

    THANKS!!

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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    maybe your suction is too high??
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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    I don't think mine ever got purple.. but I remember the first time pumping my nipple got very big and swollen! Your suction might have been too high.. and you might want to do it in small incriments.. five or ten minutes at a time and work your way up!

    pumping will get better momma I promise!
    : breastfeeding mamma to our second daughter Gwendolyn Rose born 3/26/10 and to my 31 month old sweetie Alayna.

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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve View Post
    My 3 1/2 month old recently stopped night feeding and I need to pump every morning.
    Today after pumping (hardly...to finish faster...) I noticed that part of my nipple became purple (quite dark..). It is not sore (at least until now..)

    Has this happened to anybody and how does it heal??

    THANKS!!

    my nips are sometimes dark purple when im done, it maybe from the suction being to high but if it doest hurt i wouldnt change how u are pumping.

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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    this happens to me too, but it doesn't hurt


    Tina - mom of Addison Belle
    12/11/07
    5lbs 13oz - 18in



    and my VBAC ~ Olivia Grace
    9/12/09
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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    Quote Originally Posted by knm626 View Post
    this happens to me too, but it doesn't hurt


    I just now look at them as different! HAHA!!
    -Katie

    -Wife to Joe 5-15-04
    -First time mom to Courtney Ann 8-12-07
    -Became a mom of 2: Brendan Joseph was born 01-08-09
    -Breastfed both of them for one whole year
    -Now a new mom of 3: Emily Theresa born 12-14-11
    -Breastfeeding again and hope to go the full year!

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    Default Re: Purple Nipple after Pumping!!

    Mine become dark purple from pumping too, and since I pump every 3 hours they rarely return to their normal color.

    Also, my nipples just feel chaffed all the time. The pain I get when I get out the shower and the towel accidentally hits them....OUCH!!! I've been pumping for 10-11 weeks now.

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