I've now been to four different LCs, one tongue tie specialist and have done excessive Internet research, but I'm still not having any luck alleviating my breast pain and I'm becoming desperate. My little boy is one-month old and he has a shallow latch. It has caused increasing pain to the point that I'm now feeding him exclusively pumped milk, minus one or two excruciating feedings a day. I have a high pain tolerance, and beyond the initial latch pain which would sort of fizzle after the first few sucks, over the last few days I've started to get increasingly deep, radiating, burning, throbbing pain and itching that starts at my nipples and extends back throughout both my breasts. This initially happened only after feedings but has gradually become more constant over the last couple days. His dad and I didn't want to have to clip his frenulum, and the tongue tie MD told us he has a slight posterior TT that could work itself out over time, that there was only a 50/50 chance that it would help and she decided against doing it because the skin was too thick and she didn't want him to bleed too much or risk infection. So now I'm pumping. And pumping. And pumping. I'd really love to continue to breastfeed my baby. I thought I'd be able to cope with the pain, but it literally feels like my nipples are being tattooed when he's on and it's only getting worse. Everyone keeps telling me it's going to get better, but I'm starting to feel a little hopeless. Help?
Breastfeeding pain 911
I agree, pain that lasts when you're not feeding is often more likely to be thrush, particularly the way you're describing it.
There's heaps of natural remedies as well as ones from your doctor. Given you're still trying to establish breastfeeding I'd definitely get onto ASAP.
If it's not that you might be getting some vasospasm (but your symptoms sound far more like thrush). If it is a problem with your sensitivity and your baby has just damaged your nipples too much (you didn't mention any cracking though, do you have any visible nipple damage?).
If it is nipple damage related try using a baby led latch, there are plenty of videos out there to check out. It helps get your baby opening their mouth wider and sticking out their tongue further (as much as possible if tongue tied). This would be worthwhile even if it is thrush as it will help you improve things once you start trying breastfeeding more again.
If it's a vasospasm type of problem I would try getting some kind of body work done like a massage or appointment with osteopath/chiropractor/physiotherapist/whatever else you have near you to get your upper back and nerves working better.
Also make sure your feeding posture is as good as possible, if you're leaning over too much (and I wouldn't blame you with the amount of pain you're obviously in) it puts your body under more strain.
Hope this helps :)
Sounds like you may have 2 separate issues going on. The pain associated with BF a tongue tied baby and what sounds like a case of thrush on top of that.
I would get a second opinion about the tongue tie. I experienced a nightmare similar to what you are describing which didn't stop until we had my DS's tongue clipped. You can have it done with a laser which minimizes bleeding. I knew after 3 days of extreme pain when I had my DD I was dealing with the same issue and we had her lip and tongue done when she was 9 days old.
Id try GV for the thrush. Hope you feel better!