My DS is 6 weeks old. The first 3 weeks were a BF nightmare but I stuck with it. My nipple pain was pretty bad, typical of other women, based on what I have read. Day by day, it got a little better. Around 4 weeks, I thought I got the hang of it... until 5 weeks. The pain in my left nipple will sometimes get so intense, it brings me to tears. LO started using a pacifier but only about 20 min/day. He also took a bottle of EBM, but only 2 in the past 2 weeks.
My signs/symptoms include pain during feeding, mostly in the late evening into the night and only on the left. The pain can be described as a burning, my nipple is being sawed off. It seems as though the morning isn't as bad because I nipple had time to "rest." It will also hurt after feeding and a warm compress relieves the pain immediately. My nipple is also super sensitive. I can't put them directly under the shower and it kills when my LO accidently grabs them. If the pain occurred during feeding, it will also hurt for about 30 min-1 hour afterwards. My nipple will also turn white, mostly on the left, sometimes on the right. I tried pumping, which helps a little but when I'm done, my nipple still aches a little and is really hot.
I have researched the problem extensively, read all my books and have ruled out almost everything. The pain is similar to that described as mastitis, but I don't have the other symptoms, redness, fever, etc. Then I thought it might be c. albicans but LO does not have any signs of thrush in the mouth or perineum. When I called my LC, she thought it sounded like Raynaud's, but it only occurs in the left and not so much the right and from what I read Raynaud's occurs in both breast, not just one. I feel like because I had a week of non-painful BF, that it can't be the latch.
I survived today, but last night I was ready to give up. I want so badly to give up because I feel as though BF has prevented me from enjoying my LO. Any insight or even a light at the end of the tunnel would be helpful. Thanks!