New mom... 2 1/2 week old daughter
Home birth, immediate latch, baby allowed to find breast on her own and start suckling.
Milk came in on day two with little discomfort, but nipples are very painful (worst when feeding, especially at beginning of session, but sore all the time).
I believe we have a good latch, though she has recently started to lose suction periodically during feeding (clicking sound). However, the pain is horrible and I am about to lose my mind... Razor blades!
I noticed early on a clear little nodule on the tip of my left nipple and assumed this was the "callous" my midwife indicated I might experience, but I think instead this was the beginning of a milk blister that increased in size from a pin tip to about the diameter now of a pea.
The milk doesn't come through this area, it drips (and only drips) from the bottom of my nipple, and the point of the most pain is the bottom of the nipple.
I typically feed both sides and though both sides hurt, the left is much worse. (There are no nodules on my right breast). I have tried various different positions with no decrease in pain during any of them. I'm now trying warm compresses prior to feeding.
I think my newborn may have a good bit of an underbite (my husband received extensive orthodontic work because of his underbite - runs in the family) because I have to continually push the areola in toward her lower jaw (this pressure from my fingers does relieve some of the pain) and I'm wondering of this might have something to do with my pain.
I'm seeking a good picture of a milk blister to compare and determine if that is what I'm seeing on my own nipple. I plan to contact someone from my local La Leche League, but that has to wait until they're available and I need a solution immediately... I'm about to resort to needles in effort to see if the whitish area is indeed a blister that can be relieved by piercing it.
Thanks in advance... I don't want to stop breastfeeding and pumping is about 1/3 as productive (I know it doesn't give her enough.. she is satisfied for about 10 minutes as I'm only able to pump about 30 ml both sides combined). However, this pain, EVERY time I nurse (and even between sessions) brings me to tears and I dread feeding her while feeling compelled to keep her tummy happy at the same time.