I got a pretty rocky start to breastfeeding and probably wouldn't be still doing it if I hadn't 1) promised myself to try to get to 6 weeks and 2) spent a lot of money on my breast pump. This last week (week 4) things have certainly gotten better although not without problems and still occasional pain.
Recently in just my right breast I've been feeling a lot of itchiness, and just noticed two little white bumps on my aerola / montgomery's tubercles that look almost like white heads. It hurts a little, but mostly it's all just itchy. Could this be thrush? I don't have any other thrush symptoms and my baby doesn't have a diaper rash or white cheeks although he does have a little white on his gums where his teeth would be. It doesn't look curdy at all though. My other breast is fine.
I do have some cracks I think on both sides although they are fortunately not getting any worse now that I think we have our latch down and it's mostly pain free. Sometimes however he gets very frustrated, particularly on my left breast, pulling on and off and side to side. Mostly he's pretty happy though and overall has been gaining weight and making the right number of diapers. Initially right after birth his weight dropped 11% but he had gained half his birth weight back three days later when we went to the doctor, who thinks we are doing great with weight gain. Yesterday he seemed to be having a growth spurt and was nursing every hour - for the last two days actually - but today he's back to every two or three hours as he usually was.
I did receive antibiotics, I had a planned c-section because he was over 10 lbs, and I am using a nipple shield, which I honestly really like. I may try weaning him off it but not until breastfeeding has been less stressful and easy street for a little while...
Anyone have any thoughts on what the white dots or itchiness might be? And for that matter, what might cause his occasional fussiness? I've heard under production, over production, and sometimes I just think he's having a bowel movement at the same time.... Thanks for any help anyone has!