Ok, not sure what to think. My baby is 3 weeks old. I started experiencing this terrible pain in my left breast a few days ago. At first, I couldn't differentiate if I was having this pain in my nipple, aerola, or entire breast. I tried massaging my breast everywhere when I felt this pain and it hurt when I did so, so I assume the pain is all over but I think it's mostly my nipple. I noticed my nipple turns white after feeding, but not right away. After about 20 minutes or so, it will turn white, then more bluish, then normal color. Then, I'll experience the burning-type pain in my breast. It doesn't hurt at all when he feeds. Just afterwards and at other times in between feedings at random times. I don't notice white spots in his mouth. I am also not prone to yeast infections but I'm not sure if that means anything. It is very painful. At first, it was just the left breast, and it has been like that for days. However, today, I felt it slightly in my right breast, not nearly as bad though (not yet anyway). I have noticed recently also that my little guy has been pulling himself off on his own at times which he didn't used to do before. He'll go back to it, but he does release himself off.
One thing to note is that when he was born, I noticed he always had some issues latching on my left side, which is the side where the pain originally started, which also makes me think it might be a latch issue (maybe an issue with my left nipple). I've tried changing positions and baby's angle while latching, but that doesn't always seem to work.
After one of my feedings, I started to feel the burning-nipple pain where it was turning white, so I took advice from an article and used the blow dryer (dry heat) to dry my nipple and it subsided and that horrible pain that normally follows didn't come that time. I was happy about that.
Anyone else experience these problems? If so, what was it?