I don't know if I have thrush or not. I've had an array of breast problems and it seems like I could be adding thrush to the list. I see a lactation consultant on Monday who is a nurse practitioner so she can prescribe meds. I'm hoping to get Jack Newman All in One Nipple Ointment which should help if I do have thrush. I'm also doing grapefruit seed extract rinses and may try the vinegar one too.
Anyway, here's the question...with thrush, did your skin hurt? Not just the nipple and aerola, but the skin around your boob? Mine is killing me. Just a light touch hurts. It also feels a little dry and it started to peel earlier though I don't see any peeling now. It's like it was sunburned and then peeled. It looked sunburned from the mastitis last week.
For whatever reason, nursing has become even more painful in the last couple days. It hurts badly on the left and is getting more and more uncomfortable on the right. I am getting frustrated with his latch too because I know it could be better, but every time I try to adjust him, he comes off. I end up letting him nurse with a half-assed latch if I can't get him to have a better one after many attempts. One or both of us ends up crying if I don't just let him eat with a less than perfect latch. I seem to have made progress on the oversupply which I thought would help his latch, but maybe he (and I) have just developed bad habits. Ugh.
Monday and Tuesday feel like my last hopes...Monday is the lactation consultant and Tuesday is the breast specialist. The only hope I have is that this is thrush AND mastitis. The ointment should help with thrush (and bacteria and pain) and I plan on getting a culture of the milk on Tuesday and getting on a different antibiotic. I have read that many people have more success with dicloxacillin (sp?) instead of Keflex. If neither of them can help me, I feel I am doomed to have painful nursing for the duration. I had planned on 2yrs of nursing (or more if it felt right), but it sucks to think of 2yrs of pain. Uh oh...getting sad and teary eyed. I better stop talking (typing) before the water works start. :(