Blood in milk while pumping
Hi, I have a year old baby and now my milk comes with blood in one breast when it’s really full just for one minute (I pump so that is how I know)
What should I do? Also it hurts a lot at the beginning and I have sore nipple and a little warm breast. It happen only when breast is really full.
Whenever you have blood in breastmilk, beyond the first week of your baby’s life, it’s recommended that you check with your doctor so they can diagnose the source of the bleeding. One common reason for blood in breast milk, which might tie in with your sore nipple, is that a damaged nipple can open up and bleed each time you breastfeed or use your breast pump—see the article Blood in Breast Milk for further reading.
Possible causes of nipple damage include
• If a pump vacuum is too high or if the flange is not a good fit
• If your toddler grazes your nipple or accidentally bites during a breastfeed—try to pay special attention to getting a good latch and position. Why Does Breastfeeding Hurt? has more ideas.
Breastfeeding, pumping or hand expressing before your breast starts to feel really full will help keep the breast drained and avoid engorgement. See the ideas in Engorged Breasts and Mastitis Symptoms and Treatment. If your nipple is damaged, check with your doctor and see What Can I Put on Sore Nipples.
In addition to your doctor, calling an IBCLC Lactation Consultant or a La Leche League Leader in your area will get you some one to one help and they will be able to make more specific recommendations when they know more about your situation.