I had my consultation with the lactation consultant today. She was wonderful!!
Some things I learned from her - and not sure how it's going to work, but I'll try...
1. I have been using plastic nipple/breast shells since the hospital because of the yeast infection in my nipples & because I was using nystatin to treat it - the shells would keep anything from touching the nipples. LC said that those shells are bad news for infections because they harbor moisture and warmth which is a breeding ground for yeast. So, I stopped using them today.
2. She also said that using Lanolin (Lansinoh) is also bad news when you have an infection because it gets into the cracks in the nipples and seals it off so that the air can't help heal them.
I didn't realize I was possibly deterring the healing process. In any case, I think that the infection is pretty much done. I am still using the nystatin for now until my OB tells me otherwise...but the LC said everything looks really good.
I am producing enough milk (Ashelyn weighed 7 lbs 15.8 oz before feeding and then weighed 8 lbs 2 oz after feeding (before her BM). So, she's definitely getting what she needs. That was one of my biggest worries.
The only problem now is that since I am not using the shells, my nipples are hurting often at latching & in between feedings because the disposable pads are rubbing up against me. Any thoughts on what to do here??