Since I started breastfeeding (when my baby was born, about 7 weeks ago), the skin on the underside of my breasts has been really red and a little itchy, my breasts have been a little sore, and my nipples have sometimes been having a burning sensation. When I went to my 6 week OB checkup, I asked about it and she said she didn't think it was an infection, since I don't have any flu-like symptoms, and said it was probably just the increased blood flow to the area. However, I don't have a huge amount of confidence in this particular doctor's experience with breastfeeding issues.
The right side is worse than the left, and the right side also tends to get engorged if the baby does not nurse from it really regularly -- like if he takes a long nap, for example. Sometimes, when my son is nursing from the right breast, I get a sensation in my nipple that is like someone is poking a needle into it. If it's not mastitis, any thoughts on what this could be? The baby nurses about every 2 hours or so, day and night, and doesn't seem bothered, other than when the right side is really full and he has a hard time latching for the first few minutes. It's not horribly painful, but it's also not getting any better on its own. Thanks in advance!