1. My nipples are purple after I finish pumping. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?
2. My right nipple (which I have difficultly latching & lots of pain) flares out to the right in the pump. I am putting the pump on straight, but the nipple turns right, about 50 degrees. I never noticed it previously, but since I can see through the plastic pump, it's clear this nipple is a bit 'different'. I'm wondering if this may be the cause of my pain when latching; if so, what can I do to ease the pain? Position my baby farther to the right? Is a "right turning nipple" normal?
My breasts are kinda wall-eyed, in that they both point outwards, so I never really did get the pump horn on symmetrically.
I never had purple nipples, though....are you using the pump at the highest setting? I wonder if your nipples are getting bruised and traumatized from too much pumping suction?
It was definitely easier to latch my son on to the left breast than the right breast for a long time. I would look very closely at your baby's latch, and see if maybe he isn't opening his mouth as wide on that side.
Also, is it possible you have yeast/thrush? Did you have antibiotics in labor? I'm wondering if that could be the source of the pain in that breast...what does it feel like?
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My nipples are always purple after pumping or nursing, especially the larger one. So long as they don't hurt anymore, which they did for a long time. I guess I've just got really sensitive fair skin, a dd who's never had a really deep latch and she has a slight arch to her palate so my nipple rubs a bit still.
If yours are just purple after pumping, the suction strength is probably a bit high. And make sure you get the deepest latch possible - with my larger right nipple, I had to nurse dd in the football or cross cradle position for at least the first 3 months - gave me more control over her latch.