How can I tell if I have nipple vasospasm?
Pain in your breasts and nipples
Nipple vasospasm can cause mild to severe nipple or breast pain during or between feeds.
The pain could be light itching, a burning sensation, a deep numbness or throbbing pain or a sharp, stabbing pain. The pain can last from a few seconds to hours. Your pain may get worse when your nipples are exposed to cold, when you step out of a hot shower or bath or if you go outside in cold weather, for example.
Your nipples change color
Your nipples can change to white (also known as “blanching”) after a feed. They may also change to blue, purple or dark red. These color changes are a sign of nipple vasospasm and indicate that your blood vessels are contracting.
Compression of the nipple
If your nipple is compressed, it may be a different shape after feeding your baby. Your nipple may look creased, folded or more pointed in general or on one side of the nipple. Blood flowing back to the nipple can cause a burning sensation, throbbing or shooting pain.
Nipple compression, caused by a shallow latch or the baby pressing into the nipple to slow a fast milk flow, is a common cause of nipple vasospasm.