My daughter is 2 weeks old as of yesterday, and we've been having some nursing trouble...I spent the first week home from the hospital exclusively breastfeeding and after a few days found myself in excruciating pain whenever she would first latch-on and begin suckling either breast (especially the left). This resulted in a lot of cracking and eventually some bleeding, to the point where the nipples looked almost like hamburger meat. I could hardly stand to put her to breast at this point, it was so excruciating at times that I broke down crying. It got to the point where the nipples constantly burned. After a while I started to notice that the cracked part of the nipples became coated in white and immediately suspected thrush. Went to the OB and was put on 3 doses of Diflucan and 2 weeks worth of nystatin cream. Baby's pedi put her on Diflucan also...my dosage of Diflucan has run out but she is still on the meds. I was told to pump milk for her as often as possible (which is very difficult for me to find time to do as a single mom) and then supplement with formula. She has been doing pretty well with this and has finally begun to gain her birth weight back. (She was stuck at 8lbs. for about a week with no gain.)
However, NOW I am out of Diflucan for myself and there is still a lot of pretty severe cracking on the nipples. I can tolerate nursing her on at least one breast about once or twice a day without pain during the feeding, but after the feeding severe burning resumes. ALSO, I am having trouble getting milk from the left breast...it is the most cracked and I seem to pass a lot of milk clots (I assume this is what they are) from that breast especially. Slimy, thick, fibrous discharge that is the color of milk. It clogs the breast pump at times, sometimes reaching the size of an egg yolk, and I assume it keeps baby from getting enough milk from nursing directly. It also seems to prevent the left breast from ever emptying as much as the right breast. Is this clotted milk or just yeast? Should I go back to the doctor for this? Anyone else had this problem?
By the way, the LC's at the hospital said she was great at latching on and she always looked as if she were properly latched, so I'm not convinced that her latch-on is the problem.
Sorry if this is a bit long-winded, but I really want to nurse my baby and have been very disappointed that breast pain has prevented me from efficiently nursing so far. Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!