There was some debate for awhile whether it was thrush or eczema. I treated for thrush, didn't work, and it has since become obvious that it is eczema.
Yes, there are times when ds nurses over the Vaseline.
: I feel horrible about this, and try not to do it very often. I have tried lansinoh, unpetroleum jelly, almond oil - anything else I could think of - and everything irritated my nipples immediately upon contact. But having some sort of waterproof barrier on there is the only thing that sometimes helps. But even that is not a guarantee, because I don't apply it constantly. The times I do use it, I put it on before I go to bed to try to help with the nightnursing. But I don't want to do this at all.
I don't always air dry during the day, but at night I sleep without a shirt or bra, so they are always air dried, and in the mornings is when it is the worst.
I just am at my wit's end, and am so out of ideas. It's not that bad on the other areas of my body (it was horrible everywhere a few months ago), but because of the constant nursing, I just can't get it to stay cleared on my nipples. For a few days after I use the steroid cream everything is fine, but then it just comes right back. I hate hate hate using steroid cream. But I literally claw at my breasts so badly that they bleed. Sometimes I have to wear disposable breast pads so that my raw nipples don't stick to my bra.
I just find it hard to believe that I can't find a single other person who has dealt with eczema on their nipples while nursing. Since he knows I won't do formula, dh wants me to pump and bottlefeed, but I just can't do that. Not only do I hate pumping and would be spending every evening hooked up to that thing, but I love nursing, and would be heartbroken to have that end.
Please, keep throwing out ideas. I am desperate!