So, here's the deal:
My nipples look ok when they are dried out. A little of the areola around them though is usually pink. This is the part of the areola that usually gets sucked into my pump horns.
When I start pumping it really, really hurts. I'm talking intense, shooting pain that makes me cringe. For the remainder of the pumping it doesn't hurt so bad, but it does continue to hurt, and after I'm done, even after applying some milk and letting it dry, my nipples are very tender and very, very sensitive.
I had something similar a week ago and when I saw the doc he said that if it was thrush, everything would be red. And beyond the little ring of pink, there's nothing discolored, not even the nipple itself.
The weird thing is that the pain I was having then went away while I was taking antibiotics. I just finished them this past Tuesday though and since then the pain has returned.