Vascular engorgement: Also called rusty pipe syndrome, due to the rusty color of the milk. This usually occurs immediately after giving birth. A first time mommy may notice that her expressed milk is orange or pink in color. This is due to the increased blood flow to her breasts, which is needed during the development of the milk producing cells. The blood will usually disappear within a week or so after birth.
Broken capillaries: This is due to breast injury. Rough treatment of your breasts, or pressing your breast too hard whilst hand expressing, and/or using a breast pump incorrectly.
Inraductal Papilloma: A Fibrocystic breast condition is the result of small, harmless tumors in the milk ducts. These breast Papilloma tumors are usually only found in one breast and cannot be felt with the hand. Papilloma breast bleeding will usually subside on its own, without any treatment.
The best thing to do, is to wait it out. Time will give your
breasts and nipples, a chance to heal themselves and you can continue to
breastfeed during this time.
If it is too painful to continue to
breastfeed, you can pump milk for a day or two, to give your breasts a chance to heal. Make sure you pump at least 8 - 10 times per day, to keep your breast milk supply sufficient. If the bleeding continues past two weeks, it's best to
contact your physician or lactation consultant.
Ensure that your pump is at a comfortable suction level and speed.