in the first six weeks of breastfeeding, i felt deep shooting pains in my breasts, esp after nursing my baby, from time to time, and if they occured at nite, they were so bad that i couldn't fall asleep. such pain is supposed to be a sympton of thrush and sometimes can be the only sympton for thrush. i didn't have any other sympton, and my baby didn't exhibit any sympton either. i suspected it might be thrush, as i had another type of yeast infection during pregnancy but got it treated before delivery. anyway i didn't get it treated and just continued to endure the pain and breastfeed my baby more. there was one recurrence of the terrible pain after six weeks, then it just went away miraculously on its own. till today, i can't be sure if it was thrush or not and why the pains just left suddenly, but I am not complaining!
i think in most cases where there is breastfeeding problem, it should not prohibit continual breastfeeding.
hope allycat and jean's thrush heals quickly. =)
oh ya, i just learnt from my LC over the weekend that strictly speaking, lactation professionals consider breastfeeding as nursing babies with direct latch only. exclusive pumping is called breastmilk-feeding. hmmm....