My DS is 6 1/2 mos. old. For the last 2 days it has been extremely painful to nurse him, almost to the point of myself crying, when he first latches on. After the first 30 sec. the pain does ease up a little, but never goes completely away even after the feeding. My nipples do have a little crack, for which I've been applying lanolin to, and red & irritated even when he isn't nursing. The pain feels quite similar to wrong latch pain. I checked his latch and it seems fine. Neither one of us have been feeling ill either. I thought perhaps it was thrush, but I checked his mouth & I don't see any visible white spots.
Please please help! I honestly don't know what to do.... I am absolutely desperate for any advice. I have loved nursing every moment for the last 6 1/2 mos. & now dread every feeding. Sometimes the pain is so bad that I 'instinctively' unlatch him & relatch him just to feel some relief when he first latches on.