How to tell when a nipple laceration is infected?
I have a nipple laceration and I've had it all week. It usually takes a few weeks for mine to heal. I usually get it in the same spot. Well, today, while in the shower, I noticed that there is a mass directly beneath the skin where the laceration is. It's a hard lump. I hurts to push or pinch it, but my skin is also torn there and that could be the cause of pain.
I've never noticed this before when I've had a laceration and that location is the most frequent laceration site for me.
Is it infected?
It's not oozing. But gosh darn it, nursing seems more painful that usual, even for a laceration being present.
Should I call the doc?
I put breast milk on it after the shower and angled my breast so that it sat on the wound for about 5 minutes before I got dressed again.
Anyone experience this before?