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Rusty Pipe Syndrome: A Case Report From Poland

by Anna Kotlinska, PhD Candidate, Masters of Midwifery
  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Credits: 0.5 CERP, 0.5 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Bloody nipple discharge is an unusual experience during lactation for both the mother and her attending physicians. Painless bleeding from the breasts in the early post-partum period can be a physiological condition called a rusty pipe syndrome. This report describes the case of bilateral bloody nipple discharge that started after caesarean section and subsequently ceased within a few days.
Natural breastfeeding is the best way of nourishing newborns and infants. The process of breast milk production starts as early as between weeks 16 and 22 of pregnancy and colostrum can appear from the nipple in the following weeks. Milk containing blood can be a cause of concern for the mother and her physician. The reasons can be various; however not all of them would be caused by bleeding from the glandular tissue.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe Rusty Pipe Syndrome
Objective 2: List how to recognize the syndrome
Objective 3: Discuss how to support breastfeeding women with Rusty Pipe Syndrome

Categories: Lactation Case Studies,
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