My beautiful 11 day old son and I have been diagnosed with thrush. We have only been using the Nystatin (ointment-me and oral-him) for less than a day. My baby boy weighed 9lbs 3ozs at birth and likes to hang out at the breast. At first I didn't mind that most of my day was spent with him in my arms, but the last 4-5 days have been excrutiating for me. I am in so much pain when I BF I cannot relax and enjoy our time together. I just keep thinking when is it going to be over! I find myself apologizing to my son and perspiring when it's time to feed him in anticipation of the pain that comes with the initial latching on. I tried to pump, to give my nipples a break, but was only able to get less than 2 oz's out of both breasts! I know I had more milk because I could feel the full milk ducts.
I am fully commited to BF my baby, but have to admit the thought of using the free can of formula they give you when you leave the hospital crossed my mind a few times.
Can someone give me some insight or encouragement through this very discouraging time. Does anyone have any suggestions for pain relief during feeding?