I would love some input or to hear some awesome success stories from anyone who has dealt with the same issues I'm going thru! I'm currently bfing my 4th son. I was only able to nurse my 3rd - NO problems whatsoever, and I bfed for 13 months. After I had him, we thought we were done having kiddos, so I did the whole mommy makeover thing, including a breast lift with a slight reduction. I'm not sure if that's causing some of my problems, but I thought it'd be worth mentioning.
In the three weeks since he's been born, I've been dealing with cracked, bleeding nipples (even with a good latch, as seen by my lactation consultants), thrush and mastitis. All in three weeks! Now that we've got the thrush and mastitis under control, I'm still having major pain at the time he latches on - only in the nipples. Then after I nurse, I'll have a sharp/burning pain throughout my breasts. It could be when they are "refilling" but I don't know for sure. I just know it hurts. And my poor poor nipples - ugh! The last meeting I had with my LC, she finally said I needed to try a shield, just temporarily to give my right nipple a break to heal. That helped for 2 days - while he was still opening wide. Now he's not opening his mouth so wide, so it's causing pain again - even with the shield. He will still take both breasts without the shield, but I honestly can't handle that pain any more!!!
Any advice? Anyone been through similar pain that got better? I'm pretty stubborn and feel like I can continue on - as long as there is hope it'll get better. But my dh hates seeing me in pain, and is not being very supportive of bfing right now!