I have been exclusively breast feeding for 6 weeks. My daughter LOVES nursing.
In the hospital, the nurse said we had a good latch going, despite soreness.
The soreness never went away, and a couple of weeks ago got really bad. I began working on latch with daughter and using lanolin and the pain got a bit better. In the meantime I calld the LC at the hospital. She didn't want to see me, but said I had thrush (pink nipples, soreness, and occasional shooting pain in my breasts). Told me to stop using lanolin, to put Monistat cream on nipples, and wash with vinegar/water solution.
Here's the thing- I've NEVER had a yeast infection, my daughter has absolutely no signs of thrush, no diaper rash, nothing in her mouth, and neither of us have been on antibiotics except those I got when I had my c section 6 weeks ago. And of course, it's not getting better.
Could it really be thrush? I thought the shooting pains were my breasts refilling. I miss th soothe of the lanolin but am afraid if it really is thrush I will make it worse. The LC has no interest in seeing me.... She said she had heard enough to diagnose over the phone.
Thank you so much! I appreciate your time.
Note from the lactation consultant:
It is impossible for anyone to do a proper assessment without seeing a client.
The symptoms you describe COULD be thrush, but it also could be other things like vasospasms, reynaulds syndrome, shallow latch and more.
Find another lactation consultant who is willing to see you in person and who can help you figure out what is going on.
If you do not have a local lactaion consultant, I can do a video consultation with you if you wish.
Use the contact form on the site to arrange. I charge $40 for up to 45 minutes on video chat.
Liz Pevytoe, RN, IBCLC