Persistent nipple pain in the early weeks of breastfeeding, or nipple pain that appears after several weeks or months of pain-free nursing, may be caused by thrush which is a yeast infection of the nipples. Additional symptoms can include
* Itchy or burning nipples that appear pink or red, shiny, flaky, and/or have a rash with tiny blisters.
* Cracked nipples.
* Shooting pains in the breast during or after feedings.
* Intense nipple or breast pain that is not improved with better latch-on and positioning.
* Deep breast pain.
You may be at higher risk for developing thrush if you or your baby has had a recent course of antibiotics, your nipples are cracked or damaged or you are taking oral contraceptives or steroids (such as for asthma).