Re: Nipple pain - ouch!
When pain crops up after a long period of trouble-free nursing, thrush is a common cause. Do you see any symptoms of that? When you say your nipple "looks pretty bad", can you describe that for us? Are you seeing cracks, blisters, peeling skin, what?
You should definitely try to continue to remove milk from the affected breast, preferably via nursing. If nursing is too painful, you may want to pump that side instead, but pumping doesn't remove milk as well as the baby does. You want to continue nursing because a) it will allow you to maintain your supply and b) it will prevent you from getting additional nasty problems like plugged ducts, mastitis, and engorgement, and c) if you have any sort of infection brewing in there, milk removal is key to preventing it from getting out of control.
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