Certain dermatological afflictions such as psoriasis, eczema, allergies or fungal infections can cause painful nipples. These are dermatological problems that can occur on your nipples and that can be painful when breastfeeding.

  • Psoriasis is recognisable by the salmon-coloured areas with silvery flakes it causes. In general it does not become a problem for breastfeeding, but your nipples can b very sensitive.
  • Eczema on your nipples causes a rough, dry and often red rash, like it would cause elsewhere on your body.
  • A contact allergy can be caused by certain nipple creams or ointments and likewise causes a red and painful rash.
  • A fungal infection can be caused by Candida albicans, which is called candidiasis.

Dramatic stabs of pain in your nipples could mean a fungal, bacterial or other infection

If your nipple is not deformed after breastfeeding or your nipple is purple or red, flaky and you are experiencing pus-like secretions or blisters, this could indicate a fungal infection (such as candida albicans, which can cause thrush), a bacterial infection (such as staphylococcus aureus), a viral infection (such as herpes simplex) or a parasitical infection (which is very rare).

Eczema on your nipples, or nipple eczema, can cause nipple fissures

Chamomile, an ingredient of Mamilla, is perfect for treating psoriasis, fungal infection or eczemaNipple eczema is a dermatological affliction that is considered to be a type of atopic dermatitis and appears on the nipple and areola. It is comparable to psoriasis, which is associated with dry and flaky or oozing blisters. It can cause considerable itchiness, resulting in wounds when you scratch at it. This will allow bacteria to enter and can result in infections.

Mamilla for treating Raynaud’s disease (vasospasms) ain your nipples while breastfeeding

Raynaud’s disease, also known as vasospasms, generally occurs in your fingers and/or toes. Your digits will suddenly discolour when exposed to the cold or when you experience emotional stress. At first they will go white, which is caused by the blood vessels contracting and stopping the blood supply to the skin. A painful and tingling sensation often accompanies it.

Once the blood can flow again, the fingers and toes go purple and then red, which feels as if they are burning.

Vasospasms or Raynaud’s disease in nipples when breastfeeding

If your nipples turn white this could be due to a reduced or interrupted blood supply. Both that interruption and the renewed circulation of blood is often unbearably painful for breastfeeding mothers. When breastfeeding, the phenomenon is called vasospasms or Raynaud’s disease. You tell that you have a vasospasm because your nipple will whiten, then turn blue and then red once the blood vessels circulate.