Right nipple has been sore for the past few days...I remember during a night feeding a few nights ago having a bad latch (nipple getting sucked in and out) and I have also been bitten a few times (not a sharp bite down, but like she increasingly closed her jaw slowly to a clamp). It makes sense that the nipple soreness could be from this, but how long is it supposed to last? I also might be hormonal (AF has not yet returned) since I got a big zit yesterday. POAS last week b/c I'm paranoid, and negative result.
Sometimes the pain goes through the feeding, sometimes there is no pain at all, and sometimes its just initially when she latches on and then goes away. It's not horrible pain, feels like mild pinching. Nipple doesn't hurt with bra touching it or doesnt feel sore any other time. Also the left nipple has had some occasionally soreness similar to the right, and has also been bitten. I feel like she is adjusting her latch (possibly from teething pain) and experimenting with it?
I don't know what nipple cracks look like, how can I tell them apart from the normal crenulations on the nipple? If I pull apart what looks to be a crack, will there be regular skin inside, or will it hurt, with blood or irritated skin? I am scared of thrush, but from what I've read that pain is very bad. advice?