Re: Vasospasms & Thrush How to deal w/ p
I've had both of those problems. For me, the pain got much better as LO's mouth got bigger, bc the nipple wasn't as traumatized (we too worked on the latch forever, but regardless of the position, one nipple is always funny shaped after nursing). Not getting cold was the most important thing I could do when he was little. I got those microwave buckwheat headache bags and would heat them and stick them in my bra. I do think it can be hard to tell the difference btwn vasospasms and early thrush, when baby is asymptomatic, and that's after struggling with them both for months. Advil also helped with the vasospasm pain.
As for thrush, nystatin never works. I would use lotrimin over nystatin. Some people find vinegar washes of the nipples help, or grapefruit seed extract. If you do start to experience clear symptoms, treat you and baby with diflucan. You can read all about diff thrush treatments :
Diflucan has worked for us several times.
It sounds like you are committed. If so, I can tell you that it will get better, esp as baby gets older. You may have another month or two of pain, but just manage it the best you can (I found that it really helped to watch movies during the painful latch, so that I could avoid focusing on the pain). The longterm benefits are totally worth it.
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!