Nipple vasospasms, Raynaud's syndrome, and nifedipine

J Hum Lact. 2002 Nov;18(4):382-5. doi: 10.1177/089033402237913.


This case report describes a situation in which a mother who experienced prolonged nipple pain with her first child sought help from a lactation consultant at the birth of her second child. Despite being very attentive to positioning and latch, similar pain was experienced from the first feeding with the second baby. The mother's history and symptoms were explored, and nipple vasospasms related to Raynaud's syndrome were suspected. After reviewing the literature and consulting with her personal obstetrician, the mother (a pediatrician) chose to treat with nifedipine. The mother was pain free after a 2-week course and nursing without difficulty at 4 months postpartum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / physiopathology
  • Nifedipine / therapeutic use*
  • Nipples / blood supply*
  • Raynaud Disease / complications
  • Raynaud Disease / diagnosis
  • Raynaud Disease / drug therapy*
  • Spasm / diagnosis
  • Spasm / drug therapy
  • Spasm / etiology*
  • Vascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Vascular Diseases / drug therapy
  • Vascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Vasodilator Agents / therapeutic use*


  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Nifedipine