I am desperately hoping for some tips to help salvage my breastfeeding journey, and some support to try and keep going (not that I really have much of a choice at this point). Sorry if this is long and rambling but I need to provide a bit of background. I have a 5mth old DS who is exclusively breastfed. He will not take a bottle (we have tried many different types over a long time!!). Basically since the start I have had issues with cracked and painful nipples. He had issues with my fast flow/lots of milk which caused him to pull on and off a lot. This is considerably better now, but still happens a couple of times each feed. Attachment is mainly okay now according to a couple of LCs who have watched feeding, but he does tend to pull back a little so it's a bit shallow. He is also a typically distractible 5 mth old so pulls off to look around at times. My issue is this - For the last 2 mths I have had a huge crack on my left nipple, and a smaller one on the right (that almost heals, then comes back). I cannot get the left side to heal at all and it periodically bleeds (resulting in an unsettled DS). I have been to our local drop in centre multiple times, have had the council LC come around, and finally hired a private LC (who was the best of them all). Suspecting infection, the private LC suggested a prescription cream (Kenacomb) - GP did a swab which came back as no infection. Result was GP saying cream was useless and 2 x LCs saying keep using it. It did seem to help a little as it stopped the breast aching between feeds. I have started using it again a couple of times a day for the last week - no sign of it helping healing yet. LCs cant tell me how often to use it, and how long for as its prescription. I am planning to make an apt with a GP who is also a LC - but she is away until mid April and I am in so much pain now! I have tired Lansinoh, gel pads (are soothing, but don't think they helped healing) and breastmilk/air - nothing is working and I don't know which ones to persist with! I discussed with the private LC last week whether it would benefit from resting the left side, but she was hesitant as 1) I had initial issues with lumps/blockages and 2) that DS may struggle to get enough from one side (as he won't take a bottle). Resting the left side is less of an option now anyway as my right side is getting sorer too. Does anyone have any insights they can offer? I am at my wits end, and really didn't expect such a painful breastfeeding journey for this long. I breastfed my DD for 16mths and didn't have any of these issues, so it is a bit of a surprise to me. I am readjusting my goals this time around as I just can't imagine continuing with this pain indefinitely. Sorry for no paragraphs too - don't know why but my enter button won't work!