I have a couple of issues going on with bf my 3 week old son. We both have thrush, at least I think we still both do...his is no longer in his mouth, but he still has the diaper rash...and my nipples still burn. A lactation consultant I met with said that he will have to "grow into" my nipples, as he is latching well, they are just too big for him. SO, feeding his is very painful at this point due to my cracked nipples. A white patch forms a line across the one nipple when he is done and appears to be dried up skin; I think he clamps a little on this one to make it fit. The other nipple has the lipstick look when he is done, so I know it is not in there as it should be, but when I get it in right to start, he shifts around until it is where he wants it and it doesn't matter how many times I relatch him on. We give him a bottle of expressed milk once a day to make sure my breasts get emptied and give my nipples a break. I bf my 3 year old daughter and had no problems what so ever. I am getting really frustrated and emotional about the whole thing because I really want this to be a pleasant experience like it was for my daughter. I thought about meeting with the lactation consultant again, but I don't know what else she will be able to do. I use lanolin and nystatin right now and just purchased breast shells yesterday to let my nipples get air without irritation. I am just looking for anything that I have not already tried at this point. Also, I gave my breasts a few day break a few days ago and he only had bottles. I feel achy when he is only breastfeeding, but not when he was taking the bottles. That is the only symptom I have of an infection and hope I don't have one b/c then I would need an antibiotic that would make the thrush worse!! I'm sorry I am rambling and would REALLY appreciate anything I have not tried. I just keep thinking...so how long will it be before he "grows into" them and keeps it where I put it as I am crying during many of his feedings. Also, he is quite gassy and spits up a lot...but seems to be gaining well at this point. He gained a lb in his first week, but we haven't had another check up since.
Any different ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!