I nurse my 13 month twins upon arising and before going to bed during the week, and 3+ times a day on the weekends. A little more than a month ago I had my first of a series of milk blebs. At about that time nursing starting getting more painful and it's just not gotten any easier. We had a lot of problems in the beginning (immaturity of the babies, recurrent yeast, Raynaud's, poor latch, supply issues), but had worked through these sufficiently.
DD has always been way gentler than DS, but now it hurts worse w DS than it used to, and it has started to hurt w DD. It improves though does not resolve as DS continues to nurse. He just won't open up far, so I've settled for his so-so latch all year, and his suck is quite strong. I don't see how both twins could've changed their latch simultaneously, but it feels like their teeth (upper and lower) scraping my sensitive skin. They do not intentionally bite me.
I've already treated again for ductal yeast (diflucan, APNO and occasional GSE), but neither child has thrush and my skin isn't nearly as hypersensitive as when I was infected last year. I continue to use all purpose nipple ointment in hopes it'll help settle this down.
So, is the pain because of the blebs that won't go away? --but the pain feels like it's on the areola not the nipple. There are always a couple blebs now, and sometimes I have to needle them, but not usually.