I am in so much pain right now. I have really bad nipple dermatitis and have been on prednisone and all purpose nipple ointment to keep it in check. Well, lately it just hasnt been working. My nipples are shredding and are each split open in 2-3 places where the nipple is attached to the areola. When I have done this in the past I have had to pump only for a good 3 days to let it heal up. Now Reece will not take bm in a bottle or sippy cup. He nurses every 1.5-2 hours at night and flips out if I try to comfort him any other way. I often have split nipples, but its usually on one side and I can pump and heal it while he nurses from the other. I just dont know what to do. I cry every time he nurses and the cuts are getting so deep they are not even closing up anymore. The past few days I can distract him during the day so he is only nursing down to sleep for nap and at night. I have tried thrush treatments jik it managed to sneak in but if anything that has made it worse. I have been using gentian vioet and gse. Does anyone have any advice. My dh thinks its time to wean him but that thought just makes me so sad. Reece still loves nursing and he is still so tiny. He is not even 19 lbs yet and he still gets alot of his nutrition from my milk. He eats solids but will only take a very little bit of juice during the day. Not enough to keep him hydrated in the AZ heat. How do I heal these lacerations?