Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation

Nipple Vasospasm

Herzl Family Practice Centre, Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic and Program Patient handout


Risk factors for nipple vasospasm:

Nipple vasospasm may sometimes feel like a thrush infection of the nipple or breast. If you are prescribed Fluconazole/Diflucan for thrush, but your real problem is nipple vasospasm, this treatment may make your vasospasm worse.

How can I tell if I have nipple vasospasm?

Things to try at home:

It is important to seek professional help as soon as possible if this problem is continuing despite your efforts.

Treatments for nipple vasospasm:

The information contained in this patient handout is a suggestion only, and is not a substitute for consultation with a health professional or lactation specialist. This handout is the property of the author(s) and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. No part of this handout can be changed or modified without permission from the author and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. This handout may be copied and distributed without further permission on the condition that it is not used in any context in which the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is violated. For more information, please contact the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic, Herzl Family Practice Centre, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. © 2009