I am a new mom with a 3 month old baby boy. We've been struggling with breastfeeding issues since birth (cracked, bleeding nipple; latch, position issues; thrush; plugged ducts; poor suction, etc). Things have gotten a LOT better as my DS is getting better with his sucking technique. However, recently, my left nipple has begun to hurt quite a bit during and after feedings. The nipple is pink after my DS comes off of the latch. I believe I may have a milk blister that is contributing to the pain as there is a little white spot on the head of the nipple, but it doesn't bulge after feeding so i'm not sure if it is a blister or not.
Questions: 1)How do I know if it is a blister for sure if the spot doesn't bulge out after pumping or feeding? I have checked kellymom.com and my white spot doesn't look like the photo on the site.
2) Will the nipple hurt after feedings as well if the cause is a blister?
3) Why is the nipple pink after feeding? (I believe I've cleared my system of thrush, so i don't think it's yeast)
i know breastfeeding is the best thing for my DS, but all these issues i've been experiencing is getting frustrating...