Rusty Pipe Syndrome and Breastfeeding

 

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Rusty pipe syndrome is a breastfeeding condition where the color of the breast milk looks pink, orange, brown, or rust-colored, almost like the dirty water from an old rusty pipe. The rusty color comes from a small amount of blood that mixes with the colostrum or first breast milk.   This rust-colored milk can appear during the first few days of breastfeeding, and it’s more common for first-time moms. The term ‘Rusty Pipe Syndrome’ (RPS) has been used for many years to describe brown or reddish-appearing colostrum and breastmilk during the last weeks of pregnancy and the first several days postpartum. However, the analogy of rusty pipes is sillybrown water from mineral deposits built up in old water pipes has nothing to do with red blood cells that appear in colostrum and early milk. Rusty pipe syndrome: counselling a key intervention.

Presence of blood in the breastmilk renders a rusty or brownish colour to it; this entity is known as “rusty pipe syndrome”. Although this is a self-limiting condition, it can be particularly intimidating for mothers and may act as a psychological barrier to successful breastfeeding. Presence of blood in colostrum may change the color of breast milk and it is known as “rusty pipe syndrome.”.

It may resolve within days, but it may be a barrier for exclusive breastfeeding. Knowledge of “rusty pipe syndrome” among health professionals is very helpful in the management of breastfeeding initiation. Figures. Rusty pipe syndrome is a breastfeeding condition that the color of the breast milk looks pink, orange, brown, or rust-colored, almost like the dirty water from an old rusty pipe. The rusty color usually comes from a small amount of blood that mixes with the colostrum or first breast milk.

Rusty pipe syndrome is a breastfeeding condition that the color of the breast milk looks pink, orange, brown, or rust-colored, almost like the dirty water from an old rusty pipe. The rusty color usually comes from a small amount of blood that mixes with the colostrum or first breast milk. Brown milk may be caused by what is known as rusty pipe syndrome. During pregnancy and in the first few days after birth the ducts and milk making cells in your breasts grow and stretch, extra blood flows to your breasts and sometimes leaks into your ducts – this can make your milk look brown or rust-colored (like water from a rusty pipe, hence the name).

This is referred to as ‘rusty pipe syndrome’ and is thought to be as a result of the growth of the ducts and milk-making cells in the breast and does not persist beyond about 7 days. Bright red, pink, coffee/chocolate brown, black or olive green coloured breastmilk may suggest the presence of blood. Vascular engorgement, AKA rusty pipe syndrome can cause the milk to look rusty. Rusty Pipe Syndrome sometimes occurs during the first week after giving birth; it is more common in those mothers breastfeeding for the first time.

As was seen in both our cases, rusty-pipe syndrome is a self-limited condition and most cases clears within 2 to 7 days of onset of lactation (Cizmeci et al 2013; Virdi, Goraya & Khadwal 2001).

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On occasion, the early milk looks rusty or bloody, dubbed the “rusty pipe syndrome” (Fig. 2-90); this is also normal and can be used without concern.

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from Zitelli and Davis’ Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis E-Book: Expert Consult Online
by Basil J. Zitelli, Sara C McIntire, Andrew J Nowalk
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Known as “rusty pipe” syndrome because of the color of the blood, this condition typically resolves spontaneously (Virdi et al., 2001).The cause may be excessive use of breast shells or breast expression late in pregnancy, or the formation of edema during engorgement.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010

The “rusty pipe syndrome,” in which the milk is tinged with pink or red, reflects old ductal bleeding.

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Rusty-pipe syndrome: a rare cause of change in the color of breastmilk.

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from Counseling the Nursing Mother
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It has been recommended to suspend breastfeeding once the diagnosis is made in a mother, maintain the milk supply by pumping and discarding the milk, and reinitiate breastfeeding when the mother is well.

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This has been referred to as rusty pipe syndrome.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

In approximately 0.1 per cent of mothers, the secretions may be blood-stained, a condition referred to as ‘rusty pipe syndrome.

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by Roger Jones (Prof.)
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Common risk factors include cracked or bleeding nipples, inefficient removal of milk, engorgement, stress or getting run down, missed feedings, longer intervals between feedings, rapid weaning, and pressure on the breast (i.e., tight bra).

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  • You should talk about what happens when a woman gets her nipples pierced. Does anything get damaged? Is breastfeeding possible when piercings get removed and are healed.

  • and doc…1 more thing… dulu saya lepas pump mesti buat hand press… tapi lama2 dkt breast saya jadi macam lebam,biru2….. akibat handpress tersebut…so camne nak mengatasi lebam tersebut?