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Pale nipples

There are a number of things that can alter the appearance, shape, or texture of your nipple or areola. Sometimes these are quick and temporary changes, such as a reaction to touch or cold temperature. Hormonal fluctuations e. But when the nipple or areola suddenly or unexpectedly change, it may be a sign of a medical issue. However, you should always see your doctor if one or both of them differ from how they used to be. It is a change in your nipples that is of greatest concern. Inverted nipples appear sunken or indented, rather than raised above the surface of the areola. Nipple inversion can occur as part of the normal aging process and is usually equal on both sides. But if you were born with nipples that were elevated and have become flattened, you should talk to your doctor, especially if the change only affects one side. Retracted nipples, by contrast, have a slit-like area that is pulled inward.
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Nipple blanching turning white after a feeding occurs when the blood flow to the nipple is limited or cut off. Blanching is most often related to latch problems. Nipple blanching is often, but not always, associated with pain.
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What's Normal—and What's Not

Keep reading to learn which seemingly weird nipple things are actually pretty run-of-the-mill and which are a sign you should check with your doctor. Sometimes people think the entire pink or brown part of your boobs is your nipples but actually, your nipples are just the center part of the dark area—yep, where milk comes out if you breastfeed, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The dark skin surrounding the nipples, on the other hand, is called the areola, and it has glands called Montgomery glands that secrete fluid to aid in breastfeeding. The size of your nipples means nothing. Like really, nothing. There are all different sizes and shapes. Check out this NSFW gallery for a reality check on the wide range of what nips really look like. Likewise, Debra Patt, M. The exception here is if your nipples have suddenly turned red. Otherwise, head to the doc and let them know how your nipple color has changed.

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Just as breasts come in all shapes and sizes, nipples can vary greatly from person to person, too. Nipple color is usually related to your skin color, but changes in hormone levels and other factors can cause the color of your nipples and areolae the darker circle of skin around your nipple to change at certain times. Pale nipples are usually not a sign of a serious problem. Sometimes visible changes are the first sign of a condition that needs medical attention. Through the years your breasts may change in size and shape. Skin texture may change, too. And changes in nipple color can happen throughout your life for various reasons. You may notice that one nipple is somewhat paler than the other. If, however, you wish to darken the skin around your nipples, you can opt for areola tattooing. Areola tattooing may also be done to darken the nipple area that has become pale due to breastfeeding or hormonal changes.

Nipple blanching turning white after a feeding occurs when the blood flow to the nipple is limited or cut off. Blanching is most often related to latch problems. Nipple blanching is often, but not always, associated with pain. If the normal color returns after your baby has finished a feeding and there is no pain , then the blanching is not a problem. The most common reason for nipple blanching is that that baby is compressing the nipple while nursing. This can be due to:. There may be a white stripe across the nipple directly after nursing.

Pain may not start until a few seconds to a few minutes after nursing, as the circulation returns to the nipple. If you are experiencing pain with the blanching, then finding and remedying the underlying cause will also eliminate the blanching. It might occur a short time after nursing or in between nursings. Vasospasm can have various causes:. Vasospasm can be a secondary response to pain or nipple trauma damaged nipples or thrush. Mom might notice a white circle on the face of the nipple a few seconds to a few minutes after breastfeeding.

Unlike blanching due to compression, latch and positioning may be fine if the source of any nipple damage has already been fixed. Healing the nipple trauma or other source of pain should eliminate the vasospasms, although they may persist for a short time after the nipple has healed previously damaged tissue can remain sensitive for a time. Image used with permission. The color change may also be biphasic — from white to blue. Vasospasms may also occur in fingers or toes.

Nipple trauma and other causes of compression blanching or vasospasm can exacerbate the problem. Some maternal medications have been associated with vasospasm, including oral contraceptives containing estrogen. Some sources indicate that the antifungal medication fluconazole may be associated with vasospasm, although the manufacturer does not report this as a known complication of fluconazole use. Nipple pain — links.

Garrison CP. J Hum Lact. Riordan J and Auerbach K. Breastfeeding and Human Lactation , 2nd ed. Boston and London: Jones and Bartlett , p. Med J Aust. Escott R. Vasospasm of the nipple: another case [letter]. Coates MM. Nipple pain related to vasospasm in the nipple? What is Normal? Can I Breastfeed if…? Blanching due to compression The most common reason for nipple blanching is that that baby is compressing the nipple while nursing. Facebook Pinterest Twitter.



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