Hey ladies. :help1: I could use some advice/suggestions/help/positive mojo.
I am still nursing DD #2 (13 months today!). I have been fighting what I *think* is mastitis and/or a yeast infection in both breasts off & on over the entire time. I have taken multiple rounds of antibiotics, Diflucan, grapefruit seed extract, all purpose nipple cream (has steroid, antibiotic, antifungal), triple antibiotic ointment, & Gentian violet. Absolutely NOTHING is working. :angry1: My OB has run out of ideas & wants me to see a dermatologist. She (my OB) ran a yeast culture a few weeks ago & it was negative.
The problem is this: it is so incredibly painful to nurse. The initial latch is like DD is ripping off my nipple. Then the pain subsides a little (never completely), but as soon as she unlatches, it feels like someone is shoving searing hot needles through my nipple up into my breast. Completely feels like a YI. And my poor left nipple - the skin on the end tore a few months ago & never has healed. It will almost heal, but after a few nursing sessions, it breaks right open again. It's almost like a big crack across the very end of my nipple. Even that wouldn't be so bad, but then it bleeds, which makes DD puke.
I don't want to stop nursing, especially because of something like this. She is the first kiddo I've been able to really nurse & it's created such a special relationship. But between the pain & the stress, my supply has tanked. I'm getting such a pathetically tiny amount, it's not even funny. I have been really hoping to make it as long as SHE wants to nurse, but I don't know what to do.