Hey all - I noticed the other question out here on the board - and have one that is similar ...
My nipples have been sore since practically the beginning (LO is 6 wks old tomorrow)
I started seeing a lactation consultant about 4 wks ago, and recently she noticed redness around the base of the nipples (she's not really looked at them prior to this - just happened to notice it in the course of latching). Anyhow - she had me pickup monistat, bacitracin, and cortaid to apply in thin layers on each nipple after feeding (Said its the same basic thing as all purpose nipple ointment).
This was about 5 days ago and they are finally feeling much better. The tip of the nipple though is still very sore/sensitive. just the tip. Nothing can touch it/rub against it - or it feels like someone running sandpaper across your skin.
It also looks different than it did before BF which I guess is to be expected - but can anyone confirm that this is normal and what they see?
I don't see anything on the surface of the nipple, but the colors of the (not sure what they are called) the little nodules where the milk comes out - are different. Some of them are absolutely clear, a couple are purple - others are the basic pink that you'd expect. Additionally, the color of the tips is white-ish - Frosted looking- like color has been drained from them.
So with all that info - is this just from normal use? I can feel LO rubbing her tongue on them when she nurses which doesn't feel good considering they are so sore.
I feel like I just cant find out if what is normal. I don't even want to try to filter through any search on the web for 'sore nipples' I can only imagine what that would bring up.
does it sound latch related? or is it normal? thoughts?