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My Nipples Bleed
Why does it mean that I have flakey itchy breasts? They sometimes get yellow patches on them too and my nipples bleed a little.
Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...Read more
What do you suggest? 'if I put toddler on my right nipple it bleeds can I just feed her from the left side and pump the right?
Yes: This would be an effective strategy. You might also want to get checked for the cause of your bleeding as well. ...Read more
See a doctor: Bloody discharge from a nipple can have many causes, but you need to be evaluated by a physician familiar with breast disease. You did not mention whether you are a man or a woman, but both men and women can have breast problems. ...Read more
Get it checked.: Reasons for nipple discharge can include stimulation of the breast, pregnancy, medications, galactorrhea (secretion of milk or similar substance), an abscess or other breast infection, hormonal imbalances (like hypothyroidism), fibrocystic breasts (breasts are very fibrous), blocked mammary duct, breast cancer and intraductal papilloma (non cancerous mass), use of marijuana, anise and fennel. This ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Thanks for asking!: You will want to prevent a breast infection and allow your nipples to heal. Try air-drying each nipple after every feeding, and you'll want to massage a few drops of expressed milk onto your nipples several times a day (natural healing properties). Also, frequently apply a pure lanolin ointment to you nipples. If the bleeding persists, you need to seek medical attention. ...Read more