Blood in breast milk is one of the things that make mothers really stressed out. But in most of the cases it is either a natural phenomenon or a minor problem that need not cause any concern.
Minor problems that may cause blood to appear in your milk
The following include very small breastfeeding problems that may result in the appearance of blood in breast milk.
- Vascular Engorgement(which is also referred to as the rusty pipe syndrome due to the rusty hue of the milk) is common during the first days of breastfeeding. Your breasts are producing milk and for that, they use a lot of blood which may appear in your milk. This phenomenon passes by itself within a week to 10 days after birth.
- Cracked nipplescaused by a small wound (You may not be aware of it) which sometimes end up in a little blood in breast milk.
- Broken capillariesas a result of breast injury.
- Fibrocystic breast condition which consists of small benign tumors in one breast. In most women, they pass by themselves, usually with no need for medical intervention.
Useful home remedies
First and foremost, it is recommended to treat your breasts gently to prevent unnecessary injuries. Broken nipples should be treated with a moisturizing cream (You can find plenty of these in the nearest pharmacy).
To give your breasts some rest, you should consider pumping instead of breastfeeding. Remember to pump no less than 8 – 9 times a day so that your milk supply will not be depleted.
Can you breastfeed if there is blood in your milk?
The answer is yes. A little blood in breast milk will cause no harm to your baby. Be advised, you might find some blood in your baby’s mouth or in her stool. You shouldn’t be concerned about it.
When should you turn to professional medical help?
If the bleeding does not subside and is accompanied by severe pain or fever, it’s time to pay a visit to your doctor. You may be suffering from a more severe condition, such as a clogged nipple, mastitis or some other types of infection.