I have been nursing my son for 2 months without any problems, when suddenly I started to experience small chunks of skin missing from the side of my nipples. I initially used Soothies, since they had worked for me before, but they didn't help. I went to a doctor who wasn't sure if it was a yeast or bacterial infection, so she prescribed both Nystatin and an antibiotic. I have finished the antibiotic and nothing changed. After 10 days, the Nystatin doesn't seem like it is helping either.
Despite the pain, I have not given my baby formula. When I can't nurse, I hand express which gives my nipples time to heal. However, when I return to nursing, the wounds open back up. Tonight I tried nursing and it felt like it was on fire. I don't want to give up, but it is getting so frustrating and is so very painful. Hand expressing is very VERY time consuming and I do not feel like my baby is satisfied unless I am nursing him.
Has anyone else experienced what appear to be small chunks of skin missing on the side of my nipples? When I nurse, the holes grow bigger and sometimes bleed.
I am so depressed about this and don't know how much longer I can go on like this. It has already been almost a month of extreme pain.