Holy mother of pain...anyone else been through this?
So my poor sweet baby somehow contracted oral herpes - the virus that causes cold sores. He had terrible sores all inside his mouth, tongue, lips, and gums and was so extremely sick for over a week. He is 14 months old. He would not eat at all for days so thankfully he is still nursing and he would nurse, so he was able to get some nourishment that way. But the downside, and I never even knew this horrific thing was possible - I got an outbreak of it on my nipple. Next to child birth, this is the single most painful thing I have ever been through. I have big open sores right on my nipple that hurt like hell. Burning pain, shooting pain, electric pain, every kind of pain all at once. My OB called in some cream for me but it has been 7 days and it is only slightly better. The worst part is I still have to let him nurse on that side, for one because he needs the milk, and for two because I'm sure engorgement on top of the current pain would be even worse. You know you love someone when you let their mouth latch on to your nipple when it feels like a pirrana is killing you slowly. I didn't even know such a thing was possible. The doctor says its rare but it happens, obviously. I don't know where my poor baby got this from, the doctor says most likely a family member with a cold sore but I can't think of anyone who has been around him with one. If I knew who it was, I could punch them in the face right now for not being more careful around an innocent baby. The worst part is we could both have to deal with this for the rest of our lives now and possibly have recurrent outbreaks. I just can't believe this has happened to us. My family has been sick with every thing possible this year and now this. Also, we don't plan on any more children at this point, but if we were to have more, breastfeeding a newborn with this on my breast would be extremely dangerous since it can be fatal for young infants. I would have to be extremely careful because the virus can start shedding before you even have any signs of an outbreak. Thanks for listening and has anyone else been through this before?