My LO has latching problems and a clampdown reflex, so for the past week or so I have been exclusively pumping and feeding her bottles. And for a couple of days now, I've had these new pains in my breast. I say "new" because I used to be in a lot of pain whenever I'd try to nurse her using a nipple shield, because of the way she would clamp down on it. Now that I'm just pumping, I'm actually in pain more often!! I have sharp pains that twinge the nipples frequently throughout the day, becoming more noticeable when I haven't pumped in 3 hours or more. The pain seems to be related to my let-down reflex also: when I massage the nipple in some lanolin ointment, I start leaking immediately and that leaking is accompanied by pain.
Also, every time I finish pumping, I look at my nipples and they look whitish--the way your fingers look when you've been under water for a long time and they get raisiny and lose their color. It's usually a long time before the color returns to my nipples but this isn't accompanied by any particular pain.
My nipples have deep crevices and an overall bumpy/scaly sort of appearance. Sometimes after pumping they look like your tongue would look after burning it on some hot food, one or two bumpy taste buds popping out and damaged. I don't think I have thrush, although I don't know much about it. My baby does have a very slight white area on her tongue...
In your experienced opinions, does this sound like thrush, or has my constant pumping done damage to my breast?