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Thread: Tender nipple. Thrush?

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    Default Tender nipple. Thrush?

    I'm exclusively breast feeding a 3 month old. My left nipple is tender and it stings from time to time but it's very mild. Lanolin helps soothe it. I don't believe it's thrush but, how can I be sure? The skin at the tender area is slightly lighter than the rest but it's not white. Right side is perfectly fine. There doesn't seem to be thrush symptoms on my LO's mouth.

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    Default Re: Tender nipple. Thrush?

    When does the stinging sensation occur?

    Have you tried treating it with heat, e.g. throwing a hot pad or water bottle on it? I'm sort of thinking that this could be a mild vasospasm, and if it is, heat would be the first line treatment. And if it made things better, it would help to rule out the thrush possibility.

    If this is thrush, lanolin probably isn't what you want to use because it seals in moisture and thrush loves moisture.
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    Default Re: Tender nipple. Thrush?

    Not yet but, will try that. It started couple months ago on and off. If it's thrush, I would think it will affect both sides?

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    Default Re: Tender nipple. Thrush?

    Probably. But I think it is possible to have thrush badly on one side, and imperceptibly on the other. So it's tough to rule it in/out at this point!
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