Hi everyone, I'm new to the forums, but have been to a few LLL meetings in my area. I have to say, the support has been lifesaving!
My DD is 11 weeks old and I'm EBF her. I've had pain since the beginning and was prescribed APNO which I used for a few days, and then the lactation consultant at the hospital told me to stop and just use my own breastmilk. Nursing was excruciating for the first couple of weeks. I contacted a LLL leader who was very helpful - I thought that I might have a yeast infection, even though DD had no signs of thrush. I started taking probiotics and grapefruit seed extract, and using the APNO again. My gyne said no, I didn't have thrush - he was very unhelpful in terms of the pain I was having. Said that no one would examine my breasts while I was nursing, as they're constantly changing, and that hopefully the pain would get better as I went along. Even my family doctor, when I mentioned the deep breast pain that I was having, said that it was probably just the milk ducts filling up.
Anyways, with the help of my LLL we figured out that DD had a lip tie and a posterior tongue tie, and when she was 9 weeks, I finally got to a dentist that released it using laser (required a long trip, but worth it). Things have been a little slow to get better, but there's definitely been some improvements. Her latch is still a little shallow at times - she still clicks sometimes and loses suction and needs to be relatched. I was still having some deep breast pain and some nipple blanching, so I started taking the Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin B complex as per Dr. Jack Newman's website, and I switched to decaf coffee. The deep breast pain is much better, and I can nurse on the left side pretty much pain free (the nipple blanching was never as bad on that side). However, in the past couple days my right nipple is super painful again, and blanched quite a bit of the time, though it doesn't come out of her mouth blanched. I take care not to get cold, I've been using hot compresses and taking Ibuprofen, but nothing really seems to help. I'm just wondering if this could be Raynaud's of the nipple and do I need to get a script for Nifedipine? Does anyone know if it's possible to have Raynaud's in just one nipple? Any help would be appreciated - I dread having to nurse her on the right side, it's so painful.