i started using one today. :-( my nipples are getting worse...wtf? im almost 10 weeks into BF'ing and Im getting REALLY tired of being in pain every time I nurse. :-( wth is going on?
Here's my story from start to now..
I had a c section in the hospital and they wouldnt let me sit up AT ALL for 30 hours. LIke not even lift my head off the pillow or sit in a reclined position. They were worried about a spinal headache. So I nursed like that for 30 hours and needless to say, my left breast got cracked. It hurt but all the LC's said it was not damaged, it looked fine and that it was normal for things to hurt. When I got home, the pain didnt stop. I had yet another LC come visit me a few weeks afterwards to check things out...I told her it still hurt, but she said the same thing...its normal blah blah blah. My latch was good, yada yada. Well, after doing some research, I found that the latch was NOT good. It was too shallow, so I had to retrain Nathan and myself to latch correctly. For a while he only got it right 50 percent of the time. Well, after more research and colic like symptoms, I realized that the reason he was not latching so well was because of oversupply and OAL. We had him checked for lip and tounge tie, so I know it wasent that. I did block feedings for 6 weeks to get it under control. And I succeeded. During that time, I tried repeatedly to heal my damaged nipple, (which was still causing me lots of pain) and sometimes it would get kind of better but never 100 percent. This whole time, my other nipple had been fine. Well, about 3 weeks ago, that changed too. each one has lines and what look like crevaces so Im assuming they are cracks? They just wont heal and then the kind of pain kind of changed....there was a burning sensation too. I thought for sure thrush, but didnt see any white patches in Nathan's mouth. Nothing, so I let it go. THEN, I noticed that my nipples were kind of white and at first I thought vasospasims. I was researching for a few days trying to tell if that was what was wrong. During this time, my FIRST bad nipple developed 2 blebs. Iread on kelly mom that if you get more than one at a time, its most surely thrush. So that's where I am now. Damaged nipples that wont heal and I think, thrush too. THe only symptom of thrush that Nathan shows, is pulling away at the breast towards the end of a feed. No rashes. So, what do you think? Ive been doing saline soaks for a month now, used lanolin, sunning, and Ive been going topless almost 100 percent while IM at home. If I AM wearing a bra, taking both breasts out while nursing...keeping nursing pads dry, (although I dont really use them too much at this point..only when I leave the house to be safe) and Ive been doing a combo of GSE and probiotics for the last three days. (for both Nathan AND myself) In the first 12 hours, I felt like the pain was going away a LITTLE bit, but now it feels worse! :-( Im almost at the point where its too painful to nurse on the left breast. I have not used any creams or lanolin since I started to suspect thrush because I thought it was not good, but I NEED the lanolin. Using that is the only time my breasts felt KIND of better. Can I go back to using that too? What should I do about this situation? Im starting to get frustrated. Nathan will be 10 weeks this Thursday. Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. THANK YOU!
Why am I STILL in so much pain??
PS. Nathan IS now developing a bit of a red bottom.... :-(