I consulted Dr. Google for some help in relieving what I thought was a relatively minor issue and now I'm a little concerned that what I thought was minor might be thrush... My daughter does not seem to have any of the signs or symptoms, but I think I might have a few. My nipples are super-duper sensitive to the touch. A brush of my arm or clothing bothers them (it's not painful to touch them, just very tender). They are bright pink and have the appearance of being bruised. They are dry and mildly cracked, but not too bad. I use lanolin when they get especially dry, but I mostly just use a dab of leftover milk after a feeding, blow on them a bit and put them back in my bra. I try to allow some time during the day to let them air dry when I'm at home, but it's not always practical to do so.
I have severe, but brief pain when my daughter first latches on. It lasts maybe 20 seconds and it's gone. But it starts out extremely painful. I am 95% sure that she is latching correctly. I hold my nipple flat, wait until her mouth is wide open and get us much in her mouth as possible. She is not pinching and both her nose and chin touch my breast while she's feeding. If she's nursing for a while, stops, and begins again, then it will hurt when she begins again.
My nipples do not look shiny, I do not have shooting pains in my breasts. I do have soreness in my breasts which I think is from having to massage them before she nurses to encourage let-down. (Long story short -she was weened off the nipple shield and had a hard time nursing without it because she had to work so hard to bring the milk down herself without it.) I don't have any white spots on my nipples. They are lighter colored in the center and gradually get darker. (I don't think I've ever described my nipples in such great detail before!! lol!!)
Anyway, I'm probably just being paranoid, but after reading some of the signs and symptoms I was just a little concerned. I had my postpartum exam yesterday and the doctor made no mention of issue, but he only took a quick peak.
So... paranoia or give the doctor a call back??