Hmm, I'm thinking that you have some combination of 3 possible problems:
- Latch problem. Would be consistent with the pain at the beginning of feedings, since many babies start out with a shallow latch and gradually work their way into a deeper latch, at which point the pain generally decreases or disappears. Also consistent with a blister and clicking during feedings.
- vasospasm- would be consistent with pain after feedings and throbbing pain
- thrush- also would be consistent with pain after feedings, throbbing pain, and a blister.
Great! That indicates that if this is a latch issue, it is not as bad as it could be. Mamas with "lipstick" nipples tend to have far worse latch issues than those with "pencil eraser" nipples.My nipple is elongated and symmetrical
Also good! If you were seeing a lot of redness/pinkness/shininess/white patches/flakiness, that would indicate thrush.but no changes in color
Ouch!!! When the tongue doesn't cover the gums, it HURTS!!! And it could easily cause a blister- instead of the nice soft tongue cushioning your skin, you're getting direct pressure from those hard little gums.I tried putting my finger in her mouth and I could feel that her tongue is behind her gums while sucking.
Not unless you are in such severe pain that you cannot face nursing. Pumps often don't do as good a job as the baby at emptying the breast, and that can result in plugged ducts or mastitis... Not to mention that giving bottles (and pacis) can interfere with baby's latch, causing additional latching issues. But if you are in such severe pain that you just. can't. take. it., and your baby transitions easily between bottle and breast, it's better to pump and bottle-feed than switch to formula!Regarding the blister on the areola, should I stop breastfeeding on that side and just pump until it heals?