My daughter is 7 months old and after getting off to a rough start, we've been breastfeeding successfully this whole time. About two months ago, I got a plugged duct on the left breast which took a couple weeks to go away. However now that is gone and the milk is draining properly. The only thing left is the pain, which has now persisted at least 4-5 weeks after the plugged duct left. I've been nursing anyway, thinking it would eventually go away but it's just getting worse.
The nipple feels bruised, slightly swollen and a bit harder than my other one. It hurts the entire time while nursing. Changing positions offers minimal relief. After nursing, I often have stabbing pains going from the nipple towards the back of the breast.
Symptoms I do NOT have:
No fever, no white dots on my nipple, no milk ducts that aren't being drained, no signs of thrush on my breast or in LO's mouth.
No LLI in my area, but I have called the local birthing center and they couldn't help me. Anyone have a suggestion? LO doesn't have teeth yet, but I can see them beginning to cut through her gums. If she starts biting in addition to the pain I already have, I doubt I'll be able to continue nursing.
P.S. Baby is getting plenty to eat and drink, gaining weight and height normally and is totally adorable.