Re: Mastitas and extremly painful nipples
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I can't believe the hospital lactation department prescribed you antibiotics over the phone. You probably did have mastitis, but still, my doc always wants to take a look before writing a scrip.
At this point, I think that there is a strong possibility that you may have thrush (a yeast infection that is not in the "usual" place). Thrush is common after a course of antibiotics and can cause pain which may be described as burning, stinging, or needle-like.
Can you tell us a few more things? For example:
- How does it feel when baby latches on? Are you in pain immediately, or does the pain start only later in the feeding or perhaps after the feeding is over?
- Do your nipples appear misshapen (creased, wedged, ridged, or shaped like new lipsticks) after baby finishes nursing?
- Do you have any cracks, and if so, are they small and slit-like, perhaps radiating around the nipple, or large and gaping?
- Do you see any of the following: nipple skin appears more red/pink than normal, shiny, dry, or flaking skin, white patches on the nipple or in baby's mouth?
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