FTM mom here of an 8 month old. We had a really rough start with breast feeding, due to latch issues relating to her small mouth. By the time she hit two months, we were golden, and breast feeding became enjoyable and comfortable.
For the past month, though, I've been having incredible pain in my nipples. The pediatrician said that it was thrush, even though my daughter didn't have any symptoms. My doc disagreed. The LC I saw said that it was likely vasospasm.
Her latch is great. She doesn't yet have teeth.
The pain has become much worse and is nearly constant. Here's what this morning has been like:
6:30 -Wake up, no pain. Pain as soon as the baby latched. When baby was done nursing, my nipples were white (blanched white and with something tiny that looks a bit like a scab) and it continued to hurt until about 9. Stayed white until about 8:30.
9: Nursed before the baby's nap. Both nipples turned white and stayed that way until 10. Pain lasted until 11.
No pain for the past hour.
I've been putting dry heat on my breasts as soon as I'm done nursing. I'm taking tylennol. I've been using the all purpose nipple cream more often this past week to see if that will help.
I'm pretty good about eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids.
Does this sound like vasospasm, and if so, what else can I do to get some relief? Or am I going to have to tough it out for the next four months? (I had planned on baby-led weaning, but it's hurting so much that I'd be happy to just make it to a year at this point) Any chance that it's a yeast infection AND vasospasm?