I have an issue with a very sore nipple (one side only) that I can't seem to resolve. There seems to be a small bump on the bottom half of the nipple with a sore/crack on top. A doctor prescribed a hydrocortisone cream without an examination but after a couple of days it did not help so I discontinued using it. I thought it might be thrush but my son (9 mos old) has no symptoms.
I have tried soaking in warm water and pumping. Nothing seems to help. Also, even though it is painful during nursing I cannot skip a feeding or it becomes painful from being engorged.
This is my third child so I have had lots of experience breastfeeding but have never encountered anything like this before. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.