I've desperately wanted to breastfeed ever since i knew about the great advantages of it. When I had my baby ( 3 weeks ago) We started right away, and kept at it all the time I was in the hospital . we didnt use pacifiers or bottles with formula. By the third night my nipples were so completely sore, cracked, bruised..it was obvious they had gone through distress. I couldn't continue. Since then we've bought a breast pump , and i've been bottle breastfeeding her. I pump every 3 or 4 hours, and save enough milk supply for her to only drink breast milk. I would like to go back to breastfeeding , except she does have a mild case of thrush, and my nipples havent completely cleared up yet. I have a few questions regarding my situation...first, am I pumping enough to keep my milk supply up> or will it start to diminish, since i'm pumping every 3-4 ..sometimes even 5 hours...second, she's on medication for her thrush, should i wait till its completely cleared up before i start again? my nipples havent cleared up yet...is it possible that i have a yeast infection from the thrush that cant be cleared up by the lanolin? can i use monistat to clear it up?i would appreciate any comments or advice. thanks so much.