My LO just turned 5 months old and we have been EBF the entire time. For the last week and a half I have been experiencing unbearable pain in my right nipple. At first I thought it might be thrush, but it is only in one side, and it usually only hurts while I'm feeding her, not after. On closer examination I noticed that I have what looks like three little red blisters grouped together on the nipple, as well as lots of cracks. It is also sensitive all around the nipple. I think her latch may have become lazy and she has been biting and pulling a lot more lately. I have been putting milk on the nipple after feedings and letting it air dry, then putting Lanolin on. This helps a little bit, but only temporarily, it is not healing. I have been trying to help her latch better on that side, but she has a VERY strong suck, and the pain feels like someone stabbing me until my milk lets down and she eases up on how hard she sucks. My LO is very sensitive and she feels my anxiety and sometimes will refuse to nurse because I'm not relaxed.
Has anyone experienced this? Any suggestions? If I can't get some relief over the weekend, I think I'm going to call an LC on Monday.