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Hello, I have been breastfeeding my baby since birth and now he is 2 months old. About 3 weeks ago I started having extreme pain on the right side. It seems like its nipple pain and I got this white linear area that looks like its in the crevice of my nipple. I thought it was a milk blister but have tried everything and nothing has helped, including a trip to my dr who tried opening it with a needle. I have then been to the lactation consultant twice to make sure its not my latch. I have tried many different positions and nothing helps. I even considered thrush, but neither the baby nor I have symptoms of thrush except for my intense pain on the right. Yesterday morning after going 8 hrs in between feedings I was pain free, but as the day went on I started having more pain and by last night I was in tears from the second he latched on till the time he finished. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it! I'm so determined to keep with it but am so frustrated I'm considering quitting. I just don't understand why it was so good for several weeks and now it is unbearable. Do I need to pump for a few days and just let whatever is going on heal and then try again? I'm scared he won't remember how to latch correctly if I do give bottles for few days but don't know what else to do!
Describe the pain? Does it come and go, is it dull and achey or sharp and stabbing? Is the pain constant or only happen when the baby nurses or your clothes rub against the nipple? Does the pain radiate to the breast tissue?
I like to preserve breastfeeding so if you are to the point where you want to quit because of the pain, I say try a nipple shield until your nipple heals. I would rather have a mom continue breastfeeding with a nipple shield instead of stopping if she really does not want to stop.
I am a lactation consultant if you want me to take a look at it.
Ive heard cabbage leaves can help but never tried it myself. Have also heard you can have thush pain on only one side with no other symptoms. Maybe try some probiotics. Any flu symptoms can mean mastitis