I have been nursing almost constantly since my 1st was born 4yrs ago. I'm currently nursing my toddler ds2, only at naptime and nighttime.
Since July, I have been having cracking, peeling, tearing skin on my breasts. It started in just the right, but moved to both since September. Just 3 days ago, the left started the skin tearing off onto my cotton brassiere and then sticking. So, everytime I shift during the day, my nipple is stuck to the bra and rips off and bleeds. I've tried Emu Oil, apricot oil, white camelia oil, Lanolin, Triple antibiotic ointment, and a mix of triple antibiotibic,jock itch cream and anti-itch cream. I got that as a dyi recipe to imitate a prescription breast cream.
the areolas weren't hurting, but they too have started being painful. I can barely stand to wear a shirt right now and every movement is uncomfortable. It is all external. It doesn't bother ds at all. He knows that my "milks are owie." He even brings me my lanolin first thing in the morning when we wake up and gives them gentle hugs to make my milk better. :-)
It may have to do with teh fact that I'm in the Pineywoods of East texas where it is normal so humid that you need gills, but this year we are experiencing the worst drought on record and the humidity is approximately that of Arizona! If something doesn't change, and fast, I'm going to give up on nursing. No matter how much I enjoy the relationship, I can't take this pain anymore! Help!!