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    Red face nipple blanching from a pump?

    I've noticed when I'm done pumping at work that I have white spots on my nipples that go away after a little bit. I read about nipple blanching.

    I've not see this when I nurse my DD.

    Sometimes when I'm pumping I have to turn the suction way down or sort of "grit through" the rest of my pumping time, because the pump almost feels annoying to me. I don't know another word to descibe it. I almost feel antsy about "how much longer...ugh."

    Ideas, thoughts, suggestions?

    I know it's not thrush. BTDT.

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
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    Default Re: nipple blanching from a pump?

    Are you having a burning sensation when the color returns? i would suggest changing the size of your flanges. Blanching is when the nipple is compressed and the blood can not flow to the nipple. then when the blood flows back into the nipple (when the pink color comes back) you feel a burning sensation.
    Michelle

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    Default Re: nipple blanching from a pump?

    No, it doesn't really burn.

    I am on the lowest sized set of flanges Medela makes. I tried to use medium and it sucked my whole boobie.

    The small actually seems a little bit, but I don't know what else I could do.

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
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    Default Re: nipple blanching from a pump?

    :headscratch. Wish I had an answer for you. I can't imagine what else it would be other than the wrong sized flanges or too much suction. Hope you get it figured out!
    Lori
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    Default Re: nipple blanching from a pump?

    Update: I actually emailed one of the IBLCEs at Medela (You can do that for free, and they respond very quickly and are fantastic. See Ask the LC at Medela.com).

    I actually think I have a little bit of Raynaud's going on. My fingers and toes hurt and tingle when they get cold. My fingers sort of pulsate when cold.

    She suggested I keep warm when pumping, especially my shoulders. She sent me some good links too.

    Interesting. Now I wonder if part of my thrush drama wasn't Raynaud's after all, as a poster here suggested. My DD did have a horribly white tongue though.

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
    BF from day one. I looked up one day and realized I'm nursing a toddler!

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