Most cases of blood in the breast milk are treatable and don’t require medical attention. If you notice blood while breast-feeding, pumping, or expressing for longer than a week, see a doctor. In rare cases, blood in the breast milk may be a symptom of breast cancer.
Is it okay if there is blood in breast milk?
In most cases, it’s safe or even helpful to continue breastfeeding if you see blood in your breast milk. This can sometimes be a sign of health problems for the mother, but it’s not dangerous for babies. Some mothers find that blood in the breast milk causes babies to spit up more, but this is rarely cause for concern.
What causes pink breast milk?
Breast milk can turn into a pinkish color due to colonization by Serratia marcescens, a species of rod-shaped gram-negative bacteria that produce a reddish-orange tripyrrole pigment called prodigiosin1 that has been related to a variety of diseases and even newborn deaths.
Why is blood coming from my breast?
Blood coming from the nipple can be symptomatic of benign (noncancerous) breast disorders such as breast tissue infection or a growth in the milk ducts. Bloody nipple discharge also can be a sign of breast cancer. Women who are breastfeeding may experience cracked nipples that can produce blood.
Should I continue to breastfeed with cracked nipples?
If your nipples are cracked or bleeding, it’s okay to continue breastfeeding your baby. To help relieve your discomfort, use the care tips given above. Call your doctor or a lactation consultant if you find it too painful to breastfeed or if you’ve tried home treatment for 24 hours and it doesn’t help.
Is Serratia marcescens harmful?
More recently, Serratia marcescens has been found to be pathogenic to a small percentage of people, having been identified as a cause of urinary tract infections, wound infections, and pneumonia in hospital environments.
How long does it take for bleeding nipples to heal?
Most nipple pain should improve in seven days to 10 days, even without treatment. As long as you address the underlying cause, you and your baby will soon be able to enjoy breastfeeding again.