Ok so I just wanted to post some information about what happened to me in case someone else is out there having the same problems. I didn't find much online about this so I want to share.
From day one I had cracked nipples. They never healed. I had to pump on one side because it was so excruciating. I had vasospasm because of the nipple trauma. Such pain!!! Even pumping didn't help to heal the nipples. I used Lanisoh, went without a bra, put breasts under the sun, had the latch checked numerous times etc. etc. etc. Sometimes the breasts would BURN and it felt like there were bruises in the tissue- not just the nipples. It was awful. I thought I had thursh but the baby was asymptomatic. Finally, one lactation consultant told me to get Jack Newman's all purpose nipple ointment. The cream helped the nipples heal. But the soreness continued. This was at about week 6. Oh and I also had a plugged duct at one point!
Ok so all the while this was going on I started to get these boils/pimples. The first on my waist and I thought it was a bug bite. Then I got a horrible deep pimple on my nose - so painful. Then a sty on my eyelid that puffed up my whole eye. Finally on the inside of my thigh I got a huge boil. I went to the primary care doctor who cultured it and it came back positive for MRSA staph.
I told my son's pediatrician about this so I could know what precautions to take with the baby. She said that 3 babies got MRSA from the same hospital at the same time (they were circumsized and my son was not).
Now I am sure that I got MRSA in the hospital and that it infected my cracked nipples, thereby causing them not to heal and all the problems that stemmed from this. I never actually had a fever so I didn't think I had mastitis. I guess it was just in the breast.
I want to warn new moms about STAPH infections of the breast. This infection is rampant in hospitals and can be very dangerous if you are immuno-comprimsed.
I am also curious to know if anyone else knows anything about this and/or experienced it. The Jack Newman ointment helped exactly because it had an anti-bacterial in it.
Tomorrow I finally go to an infectious disease specialist to decide whether to take antibiotics or not.