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Starting yesterday afternoon, I am having a kind of shooting pain in my right breast. It is deep, but feels like it may be stemming from my nipple. It's not limited to when I am nursing, though it is worse then. When I look it up, the only explanation is thrush, but I don't have any of the other symptoms, and neither does LO. Has anyone else experienced this? Does it sound like thrush or just a normal part of nursing? I know his latch is correct; it hasn't changed since he came home from the hospital, and this is a new problem. Thanks in advance for anything you can offer!
I had this when I had thrush. This was one of my first clues. However, you mentioned that you don't have other symptoms, so I don't know... Is your nipple a bright pink color? What about way back in baby's mouth - sometimes the thrush shows up there.
Definitely thrush. My LO didn't have any symptoms either, but what you are describing is exactly how it starts. Buy gentian violet asap, it's the only thing that works. My doctor had me putting Lotrimin (an anti-fungal) on my nipples for weeks with no success. I finally bought gentian violet and 2x a day for 3 days knocked it out completely. Your nipples and your baby's mouth will be bright purple for a few days but it's worth it! Good luck, I know how painful it can be
I'd venture it's either thrush, or a blocked duct starting. Personally I won't treat thrush with gentian violet. It's been linked to mouth cancer, and it's messy messy messy and stains! I have treated it successfully with grapefruit seed extract (google it, it's great). I think Dr. Newman recommends it as well? Anyway you mix it 5-10 drops in an ounce of water, and swab it on your nipple after every feeding. You can swab baby's mouth too.
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Thank you so much, ladies! I don't think it's a blocked duct, because I've had those before and the pain is more achy, whereas this is sort of stabbing. My nipples are completely normal-looking -- not extra shiny, pink/red, or white like descriptions I have found. And baby's mouth is normal; I've seen thrush in the mouth before, and everything in Robby's mouth is normal slobbery pinkness. There's a suggestion on Kellymom about it possibly being nipple blanching. I'm going to pump from that side for today and if it's not improved, I'll call the doctor.