Hello all, just wanted to ask whether this is a normal part of early B/Fing before I start to worry about mastitis etc! Background is that my little girl is 7 days old today and we've been struggling a bit with feeding. I've had raw nipples pretty much from day 1, and was prescribed some antibiotic cream for them today through the C'ty health BF nurse, in consult with my doc, to try and speed up the healing process. We're both getting better at the attachment side of things, I've just got sensitive nipples as well as the damage from the early days so latching involves pretty intense pain for the first 30 secs or so, usually improving after that.
Leaving that aside though, this afternoon I had much deeper pain in behind the nipple, it happened on each side after feeding, stayed for a couple of hours, then subsided with the following feed. I can best describe it as a strong dull sting deep in the breast tissue. Is this part of milk still coming in and ducts opening up?
I'm just anxious about infection given the broken skin. Would be very relieved for any advice as to whether this is part and parcel of the joys of "getting started"! Thanks in advance.