My DD is now 11 days old and I've been ebf. We had a shallow latch for the first several days; I met with a LC who helped me get the right positioning, but the damage was done. My nipples were (are) sore and cracked. She suggested I use the Ameda ComfortGel Hydrogel Pads. I've used them since Wednesday (it's now Monday). There has been some progress, and it's no longer as painful to nurse. However, the healing has seemed to plateaued. The nipples are still pretty raw but due to the moist environment, don't scab over like they did.
So my question for you ladies is - how should I be using these pads? I've worn them all day every day (obviously not when nursing). I wash them each time in water, but basically put them right back on when DD is done. Letting my nipples be in the air has not really worked - it's a little painful, and they tend to get bumped or brushed by DD, which then really hurts. Does it work best to wear them all day? Should i be taking breaks from them? How long should I expect to need to wear them (I do have another pack ready to go since these are almost at the end of their life)?
Also: In the last couple of days, there has been a bit of a burning sensation in my breasts. It's both on the ends of my nipples, and somewhat internally as well. Worse at night. My breasts are no longer engorged or anything (rather "empty" feeling) so I'm wondering if it's refill pain? Or... thrush? I sure hope not!
Thanks in advance for your advice!