I can't tell if my baby and I have thrush. She's 5 weeks old and I've been breastfeeding the entire time. She doesn't have the "cottage cheese" white spots in her mouth, and she doesn't seem to be in pain. However, she does have what looks like a coating in her mouth that's almost white. It's in her cheeks and the roof of her mouth. It's a light purplish, almost a mother of pearl type color.
My nipples are extremely sore and are purple with white spots on them after she finishes eating. I also have shooting pains through my entire breast occasionally, and it doesn't seem to matter if she just finished eating or not. The shooting pains just come and go with no pattern at all. My nipples also seem to be hard all the time now, and they weren't before I gave birth. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I did have a yeast infection about 2 weeks before I gave birth and it was treated.
The reason I wonder if it's poor positioning or maybe incorrect latch-on is because we've struggled with latch-on. My baby has a recessed chin, so I can't seem to get her mouth open extremely wide and I can't get her bottom lip to flare out. She's been eating really well and has gained a lot of weight, so I know she's latching on well enough to get what she needs without having to work too hard. Plus, she seems to take in most of the top of my areola, but not much of the bottom. If I get her to take in the bottom, she quickly moves her mouth so that her bottom lip is right underneath my nipple, but she is pretty much covering the rest of my areola.
I'm just at the end of my rope with the nipple pain, and lanolin just isn't cutting it. I've tried numerous positions, as well as working with her mouth when latching on. Any help/insight would be GREATLY appreciated!!!