Munchkin: I just fed the baby on one side, which was enough milk for her without having to give her an additional bottle. I have an oversupply issue... which pumping did make worse. I guess that was my only negative side effect. Anyway, I pumped my left side for a day or so and used a cream concoction my LC recommended (equal parts of hydrocortisone, polysporin, and Miconazole Nitrate (the yeast infection cream... like Monistat... all mixed together and used 4 times a day). My nipple healed up fairly quickly once I started doing that. When I started feeding the baby on it again, I only did it if it was tolerable. If it hurt too much, I took her off and just pumped because I didn't want to screw it up again.
So basically, if it hurt too much to feed on on it, I pumped and just fed her on the other side or with a bottle.
I used every tool I had at my disposal to get through the first two weeks (which were hell)- pumping, bottle feeding (breastmilk), using the pain meds I had, nursing on one side, the cream stuff, the gel pads. I cried a lot too, lol. Pumping led to oversupply issues, but that got fixed this past weekend.
The funny thing is, we never figured out what was wrong. Her latch was fine and has never changed. Maybe I developed nipples of steel and that's what it doesn't hurt anymore. Or maybe she just got better at sucking or something. Heck, she still makes clicking noises on the right side only, and I can't get her to stop that. It doesn't hurt and it doesn't interfere with feeding, so I guess I will just let it go.