How do you treat vasospasm while breastfeeding?

Breastwarmers (breast pads containing reflective material) or woolen breastpads can be helpful. Or use a little olive oil on the fingers and massage the nipple after feeds, under the clothing, without exposing them to the air or cold. Some women with nipple vasospasm find it helpful to avoid caffeine consumption.

Can I still breastfeed with vasospasm?

Some women may need to discuss this further with their GP or lactation consultant. If none of the above is helping they may need to take a prescription medicine of low dose oral nifedipine to relieve the vasospasm. The good news is that vasospasm can be treated and you will be able to go on breastfeeding, pain free.

How do you cure vasospasm?

Treating vasospasm can be more challenging. If you notice that your vasospasms get worse when you’re cold, try breastfeeding in warm environments, wear warm clothing and put a breast warmer or moist warm washcloth on your breasts prior to nursing.

Will pumping help vasospasm?

Pumping your milk may help reduce pain, or give you a break to help get Raynaud’s under control. Pumping doesn’t stretch the nipple as much as breastfeeding, and so reduces any latching pain, and there is no sharp change in temperature after feeding, making vasospasm after pumping less likely.

How do you stop vasospasm while breastfeeding?

Things to try:

  1. Keep your nipples warm.
  2. Wear an extra layer of clothing.
  3. Use ‘breast warmers’, e.g. Flectalon (available from the Australian Breastfeeding Association).
  4. Avoid cold exposure (or sudden temperature changes).
  5. Do not ‘air’ your nipples.
  6. Warm your bathroom before undressing for showers.

What does a vasospasm feel like?

When a vasospasm develops in the coronary artery, the main symptom is chest pain often described as constricting, crushing, pressure, squeezing or tightness. Patients who have experienced hemorrhagic stroke are at an increased risk of developing a cerebral vasospasm.

What are the symptoms of vasospasm?

Patients who have experienced a cerebral vasospasm often also have stroke-like symptoms:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion.
  • Trouble speaking.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking.
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

What does cerebral vasospasm feel like?

The signs of a cerebral vasospasm are fever, neck stiffness, mild confusion, speech impairment, paralysis on one side of the body, and severely impaired consciousness.

How long does it take for vasospasm to heal?

One 30 mg tablet of the slow release formulation once a day often almost always takes away the pain of vasospasm completely. After two weeks, we recommend you stop the medication. If pain returns (about 10% of the time), start it again.

What does tingling sensation in breast mean breastfeeding?

Let-down reflex Many nursing women feel a tingling in the breast when the baby latches on and begins to suck, causing milk to flow or “let down.”

What triggers vasospasm?

It can be triggered by various legal and illegal drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines, anti-migraine drugs, and herbal supplements like Ephedra or bitter orange. The sudden reduction in blood flow due to vasospasm sets off alarms in and around the heart.

Why do I have vasospasm while breastfeeding?

Nipple Vasospasm and Breastfeeding 1 Bacterial or fungal infection may have similar symptoms. 2 Diagnosis of Raynaud’s. Symptoms can be triggered by cold and tend to occur in both nipples… 3 Breastfeeding tips for Raynaud’s sufferers. Never latch a baby while the nipple is having a vasospasm,…

How to know if you have vasospasm on your breast?

The symptoms of vasospasm can occur on both breasts and include: 1 Sharp nipple pain 2 Throbbing pain in the nipple 3 Burning or stinging in the nipple 4 Sudden whitening of the nipple 5 Blue colour to the nipple

When to see a lactation consultant for vasospasm?

Treatment for Vasospasm. If under three months, vitamin B6 can affect milk supply so it is important to monitor wet/dirty nappies if taking the supplements during this period. If the condition is very painful and you are unable to manage it effectively from home, speak to a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider.

When does vasospasm start in the bellybelly?

By BellyBelly in Breastfeeding. Updated: July 8, 2013. Vasospasm occurs when blood vessels tighten, preventing blood from flowing to the nipple. Vasospasm onset typically occurs within the first month of breastfeeding. In some cases, it may start later, especially when triggered by cold weather.