For months I have been dealing with sore, itchy red nipples and trying lots of different things, asking lots of people (LC, midwife, OB/GYN, bumpies) and not getting any improvement. Today, I finally went to my regular doctor and she told me that it looks like contact dermatitis from the plastic in my pump.
She suggested that I try not pumping on one side to see if that makes a difference. Argh! I already have low supply and have to work soooo hard to make enough for my baby every day. I don't want to stop breastfeeding/pumping until her birthday...
Here are my choices:
(1) pump only on my good side and see if things improve on the other side
(2) pump only on my slow side and see if things improve on the other side
(3) stop pumping, empty out my freezer stash and give her formula for a couple of months
(4) hang in there and keep doing what I'm doing - it's only another couple of months
(4b) hang in there for this week, go on vacation next week and see if things change with a week of no pumping (I really am taking a week off work next week)
Is there something I can do to help with the dermatitis???? Obviously, I want to avoid steroids and antibiotics (and the doctor agrees with me).