I've been exclusively pumping for my daughter for six weeks. She's in the NICU for CDH and doing great. She's getting full feeds of fortified breast milk for her weight, but continuously through a pump; after she's weaned off her morphine, we'll work on bolus feeds. When she's getting her feeds in a shorter amount of time, we'll try offering a bottle and eventually try actually breastfeeding.
I've had all sorts of problems pumping. I've had mastitis three times, and milk blisters a few times. For the past few weeks, my nipples have been white when wet; not the whole nipple, but most of it. And the white sections peel off. When dry, they look scabbed, and the scabby looking area looks cracked. But they're only sore when I first start pumping. In the past few days, they've also become shaped weird. I'm assuming what they look like is what I've seen referred to on these forums as lipstick shaped.
My baby has also developed thrush. The doctors aren't real concerned about it; she's on nystatin and it seems to be clearing up. While she hasn't actually eaten BM by mouth (only by NG tube), we do mouth care and dip her pacifier in BM so she gets the taste. Thrush is yeast, right? So maybe I have a yeast infection? I asked my LC about it, but she said she'd never seen the scabbing like I have, especially since it's not painful, and that a yeast infection on nipples appears as pink or red. So what do I have, and how can I treat it?
Also, milk blisters. I have three right now on my right nipple, and they hurt!