Two days ago I found a small lump in one of my breast which I managed to clear with hot showers and massage, but by that afternoon I had a fever and my nipple was incredibly painful and dark pink in colour instead of the usual brown. Baby is 8 weeks old and this breast has always been a bit painful since the start and has had a small sore on it from day dot. The nipple is not soft like the other one and when Xavier sucks it feels like he is repeatedly clamping down on a hard lump.
I have been expressing from the bad breast and feeding on the other but now have large red marks radiating from the painful nipple. Even expressing is painful and I can't seem to get much out, only about 30 ml in 30 minutes. It still feels full but is too painful to carry on expressing after this time. Fever is gone though.
So do you think nipple thrush or mastitis or maybe a combination?