This is the second thread I've started here. The first one was about dealing with cracked nipples (one far worse than the other). I went to see a Lactation Counselor who said there was nothing wrong with my latch and no tongue tie. She suspected that the nipple shield I was using was too small still (in the hospital they had given me the smaller size and I ended up with blisters). I went up another size in the shield along with getting a prescription for Dr. Jack Newman's nipple cream and things seemed to be getting much better.
I started noticing that my nipple was white shortly after the baby finished. I also noticed that if I got cold, i.e. my nipples were hard, they would hurt. The pain started shortly after feeding and would last for awhile.
at first it was just a minor discomfort, now it is getting to the point where I am in a lot of pain. It does not hurt to nurse, but the pain starts shortly after he is done. It is extremely painful if he comes back to the breast shortly after nursing (like if he falls asleep then wakes up again in 15 or 20 minutes).
I started googling and came across nipple vasoplasm. It said it can be caused by trauma to the nipple and may continue after the source of the problem is fixed. I have tried a number of the suggestions I found online, olive oil, keeping them warm, etc. but am still experiencing pain.
I am beyond frustrated. LO is 4 weeks old now and I have been in pain pretty much the entire time. I just started feeling better and the pain starts again. I don't know what to do.
How long will this take to heal?
As for the nipple shield, the lactation counsellor wasn't concerend about me using it. I've read up online about how to break from using it but nothing seems to work either. I have flat nipples and cannot get a latch at all without it. He is gaining weight very well and have normal diaper out puts.
I really don't want to give up but am getting to the end of my rope.