I have trouble figuring out where to begin, so heres the whole story
at the hospital, i had what was probably the usual amount of pain and soreness that comes with your nipples adjusting and "toughening up." it wasnt bad. in fact, the doctor came in and told me on the last day that him and the nurses were all talking about how well i did in delivery and was doing with breastfeeding, especially since im only 19. even said they wished all their other patients would be more like me.
i dont think i had really any problem until my milk came in. my cup size went from a B to a DD and i got so engorged my little guy could barely fit my nipple in his mouth. then a couple days later, the opposite happened. instead of holding it all in, i was CONSTANTLY leaking like a faucet! i dont have nearly enough bras and shirts to change as fast as i soaked through them, so a lot of the time i had to let it just dry on me.
So around what im guessing was the one week, i started to have really bad pain before, during, and after feeding and it gradually got worse. my nipples burned, pain shot up the sides, little red bumps came and went, and both of them cracked. i was suspiciuos of thrush, as it would make sense for i was still soaking through a shirt in 10 minutes.
My son had a docotors appt around week 3 and i figured id ask about it then. he checked his mouth and said he saw nothing and took a quick glance at me(honestly, really quick, but it was an appt for my son not me), said "hmm, yeah" and perscribed me an ointment. i asked if we should treat the baby too because it can transfer and he said that it wouldnt be a problem because he didnt have it.
well, i used the ointment religiously and stillwas in a lot of pain. I'm talking the same toe-curling pain that ive been gritting my teeth for the last 3 weeks. finally it got too much and i decided i was going to have to pump and bottle feed until it healed.
Since then the burning has lessened but still affects me a couple times a day, the shooting pain is mostly gone; however now im really itchy ALL the time, which i thought could be from healing but maybe not. And the scabs from the cracks dont look like theyve even started to heal, theyre still huge, white/yellow, and really moist even after going shirtless for the past week. i also noticed that my breasts get really hot and red during and after pumping. Its been over a week and it feels like its really not getting any better. im sick of the pain and frustration. most of all im sick of pumping, but cant force myself to put him back on anymore. im afraid he wont take my breast once they get better (if they ever do!). basically im all around miserable and freaking out. Ive tried everything i could find on promoting healing and nothing works.
Just looking for some help and encouragement, please!