As the title says, I'm looking for some advice on healing an infected nipple fissure. I have one on my left nipple so I have an anti-bacterial cream that I've just started using today but it's SO painful. I've had it for over a week now (DD is 2.5 weeks) and I don't know whether it hurts less than it did a few days ago or I've just gotten used to it! Aside from the intense pain when she latches on, I have an ache that goes right through to my back which is there all the time and very uncomfortable.
So, I'm wondering whether it will just heal up itself or if I need to resort to using a nipple shield or pumping for a couple of days to give it a break. Any ideas/advice welcome!